The site is very slow these days. The main page (Cisco Support Community) loads fine, but it takes about 30 seconds to load a sub-forum.
Same thing when leaving a sup-forum to go up to Cisco Support Community page.
Also has any one else noticed this?
Yes, I've noticed delay lately as well. Maybe not 30 seconds, but I think I can slowly count up to 10 sometimes. Other times it is so slow I get the feeling I have missed to click on a link although I have. If this happens to you as well and you subsequently click again on a link, you will observe higher delays.
Agreed, the site is by no means performing at an acceptable level. We are in the process of testing some code changes that will hopefully increase performance. We anticipate launching the first code change by the end of the month. Because the performance issues are code related it will probably take a few passes at this to get to optimal performance. I can assure you this is priority #1 for us and we will get it resolved.
I apologize to all for this inconvenience.
I think we all understand that these type of massive changes come with
some "growing pains". The fact that the NetPro team @ Cisco is working to
alleviate these problems is good enough for me I know that everything will
be working well in short order.
The one "nice" thing about the "slowness" issue is that it teaches us all to
be patient, and, after all "patience is a virtue".
Well, I think the new site is very intelligent/wise sometimes. The issues of the rating system for example have put our volunteer feelings to the test, and that was a lot of fun for me! I never thought that the NetPro team couldn't fix it.
As for the slowness or navigation issues: well, it kind of proves (to me at least) the truth of the saying that, if people are really interested in the content of your website, speed and organization matter less!
I am sure the team will fix the issues. It's obvious to me that they having been working hard. When we report some issues, it is just some feedback and nothing else.
I know that this type of feedback is welcomed by Dan/Tim and the Netpro Team. So
keep it coming my friend
I forgot to mention that this "slowness" reminds me of my many days spent
on NetPro via "dial-up". For many years, where I live out in the country had no High Speed
Internet. It's like some sort of weird reminiscing I guess
In my very first feedback about the new site I was interested in the following things: navigation, outline view, site colors, performance, and 'where are my posts?'. I guess the colors are fine now! As for the performance: I spent an entire Saturday afternoon to upgrade my ubuntu to get better performance for this particular site only. You might say I have a thing with performance! This doesn't mean the NetPro team must not take a Christmas holiday!
As for the dial-up: Well, you are right that we are used so much to high-speed Internet access that anything more than immediately seems like ages. The perception of time always depends on many factors. I guess we like the new site so much, we can't wait for the interesting content to appear on our screens!
As for the feedback: Well, many companies try to analyse the feelings of the users to see what they like and don't like using specialized tools. I guess no fancy algorithms are required for our feelings. We have first hand knowledge to analyse them and post them ourselves at the place of the site where people are listening!
This type of feedback is definitely welcome. Just want to confirm Dan's comments. We are aware of the slowness and steps are underway to address it. Unfortunately, these steps will take a little time. Dial up? Really? I think it's still better than dial up. Seriously, though, look for changes to come in this and in some of the other areas you have all commented about.
Whoopsie! It doesn't matter. Like Canada or the UK, Australians are unable to export beer because the breweries just can't make enough of it. Currently it's 38C outside and it's unfortunate that I can't do my NetPro at the pub.
Let the jokes begin. Don't make me block some of you from posting to this thread
On a serious note, we really are working on this. Has the site gotten even slower as of late for you? If so, when did it start?
Sorry for cluttering the thread. It won't happen again! Even if you won't block me, I know the new site will!
When the new site was launched, and after I did some upgrades on my OS, I could slowly count up to 3 from the moment I clicked, say to some tab, to the moment the status bar of my browser was full. As I said at the beginning of this thread, I can now count up to 10. I have confirmed this with the network history of my system monitor. That is, when I click on a tab it takes 6 seconds for data to begin to arrive from your servers, plus 4 more seconds for the transfer to complete (10 seconds total). My RTT delay with your servers hasn't changed. That is:
--- cisco-support.hosted.jivesoftware.com ping statistics ---
10 packets transmitted, 10 received, 0% packet loss, time 47198ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 188.682/197.023/205.698/4.786 ms
Tue Jan 12 02:04:45 EET 2010
I guess the delay that each member observes will depend on their location around the globe. When members complained about delays after you had opened the maintenance thread for the arrival of the IronPort community, I hadn't personally noticed a difference enough to make me dig into this further. I am not sure exactly when the latest delays I observed started. Maybe some day on the week after January 1st. In this case I didn't dig because you were already looking into this due to earlier complaints. When Reza started this thread I responded to only tell him to wait and avoid clicking again on a link if the delay looks like he hasn't clicked.
Just a clarification on the phrase "when I click on a tab it takes 6 seconds for data to begin to arrive from your servers". I observe an immediate response to the click, but the network data are less at this initial stage. The biggest part of the data arrives 5-6 seconds after the initial click.
I see sometimes things being a couple of seconds better or worse. It's not that consistent. Most of the time it's about 10. I know this number is round enough to sound fake, but this is what I see. I must say this is the delay when logged in. I am not sure what happens with Guest access.
You're going to give our IT team a run for their money This is actually very helpful and will be shared. If you see any other consistently slow areas of the site please post them. After all this is a community so we welcome help.
I am glad this was helpful. This is the first time I get into the delay details of a website because I am interested in it, and not to prove to a customer that our backbone didn't have routing issues! Your IT team has nothing to be afraid of. I am not the competitive type. If I find other issues, I will post them only if you assure me that people's money is not at risk!
p.s. Well, I cluttered the thread again. You should know by now, I just can't help myself sometimes! Yet another reason why your IT team has nothing to be afraid of!
Is CSC amazingly fast right now or is it my idea? If you keep it like this, the subject of the thread should change to "NetPro too fast"! What did you do? You do not really have to answer this (although I would be interested to be honest).
I am absolutely excited about the site speed right now! One of the slowest things to do was to go to past discussions by clicking on 'Next' link at the Discussions tab. I can now go to Discussions that occurred 4 years ago in no time by successively clicking on the 'Next' link! The feeling is close to Discussions being stored on my notebook! Hope you and the developers have a good night out celebrating!
Just wanted to pass along a large Congratulations to Dan,Tim
and the whole Netpro team for this newest release
An amazing improvement to say the least! Thanks for
all your continuing hard word and support for the Community.
Cheers to all of you!!
Appreciate the kind words and Dan and I also appreciate your patience while we work through this. It looks like the fix is working well so far and the site is a LOT closer to the performance we all want. (Maria gets the speedy eye award: I think the release was only out a few minutes before she noticed and posted!) We will continue to work on performance, but, as you all know well, incremental performance improvements are never ending tasks. If you see any oddities or if performance drags in any particular spot, I trust you'll all ping us right away.
Jon also mentioned navigation. As Dan noted, that's coming. To be candid, getting the performance back up on two feet has been top job for all of us and now we can re-focus on all the other things we want to do to improve and promote the site.
Hi Tim and all,
I am quite sure I saw a maintenance page almost an hour before I posted (I lost a post because of this). It didn't take a long time for the site to be back online. I wouldn't post so quickly, but I saw Dan replying to me about some site code typos instead of updating this thread, so I took it as a confirmation that the procedure was over and Dan was very happy. Things were rather easy at the time, although it was between 3 and 4 am in my country, because the difference in performance was enough even for my tired eye. Today my eye feels challenged, although it's not so tired. Did you make further improvements or is it something I failed to notice the previous week? I think I see a difference in user experience (incremental loading of components), but others do not post to help me understand I am not dreaming (I guess the NetPro team can't post to say 'hey, site is faster now, did you notice?' ).
Maybe the site is so fast now, it can sometimes make me think it's even faster! My mouse cursor can practically dance around the site, while I have an RTT in the order of 200 ms and not the fastest hardware or broadband capacity on the market. It's good to hear that you intend to do further performance improvements, but I think you've reached a point were the user can't be sure if things are better or not (unless we have some online gamers among us playing with the site links)! I am not sure myself, but thought I would go ahead and ask, just in case you did make some change. In the case that you did, I think it would be a pitty to go unnoticed.
Ditto here! Congratulations to the entire NetPro team for not resting on your laurels and constantly looking and listening for ways to improve the quality of this site!
Maybe we should ask Dan/Tim if they can slow it a tad down too.
Be careful what you ask for. I think we've proven that we CAN slow it down. Seriously, I am glad we can joke a little bit about it now. Thanks for all your support.