Unprecedented Demand For iOS 5 And iCloud Almost Broke The Internet – How Did It Go For You?


iOS 5

Yesterday was probably Apple’s biggest days when it comes to software launches with the release of iCloud – its new cloud based services and iOS 5 – its next generation mobile operating system.

Unfortunately, it also meant that there was unprecedented interest from users to download iOS 5 and migrate from MobileMe to iCloud services.

It seems to have also exceeded Apple’s expectations as things didn’t go off that well for Apple, many users had trouble upgrading to iOS 5 and were hitting error 3200 due to the high load on Apple’s servers.

The Next Web reports that the traffic due to Apple’s software updates was so high that it was just not Apple but even the entire internet infrastructure was experiencing difficulties under the load.

The traffic at the LONAP (LONAP is a London Neutral Internet Exchange Point where Internet and content providers exchange traffic) increased from a normal peak of around 18Gb/s to around 28Gb/s.

Andy Davidson, Director of another London-based network exchange, LONAP, told Cult of Mac:

The traffic last night was around twice what we would see on a typical Wednesday evening. There was as much traffic as we would see for a major sporting event (such as England playing in the World or European cups). Such volumes have never been seen before for a software upgrade.

Apple also had issues coping with the migration requests coming from users who wanted to move their data from MobileMe to iCloud. They eventually had to limit the number of migrations and requested customers to come back later:

Due to high demand, we are temporarily limiting the number of users moving from MobileMe to iCloud. Please try again later. We apologize for any inconvenience.

It looks like most of the traffic and with it issues have settled down today, but MacRumors reports that some users are reporting that iCloud mail has been down for some users.

This obviously brings back memories of 2007 when Apple launched MobileMe. Let’s hope that things settle down quickly.

Let us know how was your experience in updating your iOS device/s to iOS 5 and migrating from MobileMe to iCloud.

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