China Webmaster, 6/24/08
Industry rumors are circulating that the recent shrinkage in the volume of Chinese online search firm Baidu's (Nasdaq: BIDU) 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.