China Webmaster, 6/24/08
Industry rumors are circulating that the recent
shrinkage in the volume of Baidu's indexed
websites was caused by physical hardware problems.
Zhang Kuanxi, an engineer in Baidu's public
relations group, claims that problems have
surfaced as Baidu's physical infrastructure has
scaled less aggressively than its global strategic
development. More than 200 server clusters in
Baidu's internal file system were apparently
damaged, and over 1000 servers in these clusters
suffered physical damage to their hard drives.
This caused a large volume of data loss, and
the apparent reduction in the number of
indexed files. This problem was corrected
earlier this morning.