Pingdom founder in book about entrepreneurship

Sam Nurmi, founder and CEO of Pingdom, has been profiled as one of only 15 people in a new book about entrepreneurship (the interview actually took place way back in October). The book contains plenty of good advice and is part of an initiative to inspire and stimulate budding young entrepreneurs and will be freely […]

Why on Earth are there THIRTEEN root servers?

It’s Friday (thankfully not the 13th) and we just have to get something off our collective chest. There is a HUGE flaw in the DNS system and the Internet as we know it will probably cease to exist very soon. What are we talking about? The whole Internet rests on the shoulders of 13 DNS […]

How the Internet could come to a stop

Last week there was an attempt to attack and bring down the DNS root nameservers of the Internet with a large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The attack caused major problems for at least one of the 13 root nameservers (ironically the one maintained by the U.S. Department of Defense.) This is not the first time […]

Free year of Pingdom uptime monitoring this Valentine’s

As a special Valentine’s Day gift, Pingdom has decided to offer everyone at Web Hosting Talk a full FREE year of uptime monitoring. We love hosting companies (and we’re pretty sure they love us.) This is our way of sending some loving their way on this special day. Image: Note that this is just a […]

Swedish monitoring server on the way

We are about to add a new monitoring location in Västerås, Sweden. The server has been installed and is now going through the rough but fair monitoring server boot camp before joining the troops. Image: Shiny new monitoring server resting securely in its server rack. Pingdom will gradually be adding more and more servers. We […]

The marketing ninja from Hell

We found these hilarious videos and felt they were right on the money. This is why you need uptime monitoring. Sooner or later you’ll do business with this guy. Recognize him? We call him the marketing ninja from Hell. He’ll sneak up on you and get you when you least expect it. 🙂 100 percent […]

Spam costing U.S. employers $130 million a day

Spam is flooding the Internet and now accounts for 94 percent of all emails. When discussing damage caused by spam, one thing that is rarely mentioned is the amount of time lost every day dealing with it. The old saying “time is money” holds as true as ever, and some simple calculations show that spam […]

Public uptime builds trust for web hosts

A web hosting company has a lot to gain by being open with their uptime. After all, their customers (and would-be customers) want to feel safe and know that their website is in good hands. An excellent way to do this is to use an external third-party uptime monitoring service such as Pingdom (we are […]

Five things you didn’t know about PING

PING is one of the most popular programs ever created, but where did it come from? Here are five things you probably didn’t know about PING. PING was created by Mike Muuss in December 1983 on a BSD UNIX system to find a network problem. Muuss had to code ICMP support into the BSD UNIX […]

Are hosted applications the future?

Hosted applications have been gaining a lot of popularity lately. The term everyone is using for this way of delivering software is SaaS, Software as a Service, which was definitely one of the big buzzwords of 2006. There are plenty of examples, such as Google Docs & Spreadsheets, 37signal’s Basecamp,, not to mention the […]

Linux topping downtime league this month

We had a look at the websites of some of the more famous OS developers, namely Microsoft, Apple, Sun, FreeBSD, Red Hat and Ubuntu. So, how are they doing, downtime wise? Downtime so far in January (URLs link to the downtime report pages for the websites): Website Downtime 2h 30 min 1h 59 […]

How to make sure your blog survives the Digg Effect

On January 20, our article Where NOT to keep your servers according to Mother Nature hit the number one spot on the front page of Digg. Looking at the bandwidth graph below, you can clearly see the traffic spike when we hit the first page of Digg. Or perhaps we should say when Digg hit […]

Where NOT to keep your servers according to Mother Nature

If Mother Nature has anything to say, there simply are some places where you shouldn’t place a data center. Do you really want to have your servers where there is a high risk of earthquakes, tornadoes or hurricanes? We didn’t think so… It seems that the U.S. is “blessed” not only with large areas where […]

Pingdom alerter best new mashup at Programmable Web

John Musser’s excellent Web 2.0 resource Programmable Web (with 1,452 mashups listed!) has included the Pingdom API system tray alerter among its Best New Mashups. The Pingdom API allows anyone with a Pingdom account to access all of his/her uptime monitoring data. We previously dedicated a full blog entry to the Windows system tray alerter […]

Pingdom gets thumbs up from Web developers

The Web developers at Project83 have given Pingdom a glowing review in their blog. These are just a few snippets from what they had to say about us: Although I work on the web, over the years there have been very few web applications that have truly become instrumental to the way we do business. […]

Pingdom expanding – looking for more staff

Pingdom is currently looking for a skilled Web programmer and a technical support person to join our growing number of happy campers. We are looking for the best of the best. A formal education is less important than real passion, knowledge, creativity and skill. Since we are located in central Västerås, Sweden, you need to […]

Latest in marketing – The Hypno Banner!

The Big Brains in our marketing department here at Pingdom have devised the ultimate marketing tool. We present… The Hypno Banner! Can you feel it? The almost irresistible need to buy buy buy? As you know we are growing fast, and this may very well be why. Not only that, we are thinking about using […]

iPing, and it’s not from Apple!

Well, if Apple can do it with iPhone, iMac, iPod, iEverything, so can we. Something sleek, something white, something Cisco doesn’t like. “What about iPing?” we thought. The name has a nice ring to it. And most important: it starts with an i! But wouldn’t you know, it’s already taken. So our iPing Apple-meets-Uptime plan […]

Pingdom under construction

Pingdom is under construction. You already know we’re always evolving and improving our infrastructure, but this time it’s a bit more on the physical side: We’re having work done on our main office in Sweden. As the company grows and evolves, our office space needs to keep up. Image: Hectic handy handymen in the Pingdom […]

Now you get extra checks for just 50 cents

We have slashed our prices from a monthly $2 to a mere 50 cents for monitoring an extra server or website, making it possible for companies to monitor every aspect of their infrastructure without costs spiraling out of control. With today’s prices in the uptime monitoring industry, monitoring just a small number of servers can […]