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    Alma NA03 - RCA – December 12, 2018


    This document serves as a Root Cause Analysis for the Alma service interruption experienced by Ex Libris customers.

    The goal of this document is to share our findings regarding the event, specify the root cause analysis, outline actions to be taken to solve the downtime event, as well as preventive measures Ex Libris is taking to avoid similar cases in future.

    Event Timeline

    Service interruption was experienced by Ex Libris customers served by the Alma NA03 instance at the North America Data Center during the following hours: 

    December 12, 2018 from 22:11 until 23:21 CST time.

    During the event, the service was unavailable for the environment.

    Root Cause Analysis

    Ex Libris Engineers investigated this event to determine the root cause analysis with the following results:

    An extreme load situation in the database caused an unexpected database crash and required full system start up to bring the system back to full functionality.

    Ex Libris engineer’s preliminary analysis is that in order to deal with this situation in the future, the database server requires additional memory.

    Technical Action Items and Preventive Measures

    Ex Libris has taken the following action and preventive measures to avoid such an occurrence in future:


    • Ex Libris engineers restarted the system to bring the environment to full functionality.

    • Ex Libris engineers added memory to the database server on December 16th and will continue close monitoring of the environment.

    Customer Communication

    Ex Libris is committed to providing customers with prompt and ongoing updates during Cloud events. Ongoing and prompt updates on service interruptions appear in the system status portal at this address:

    These updates are automatically sent as emails to registered customers.

    Publication History

    Date Publication History
    20/12/2018 Initial Publication



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