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REST Locations API is down RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    We noticed that the Locations API went down sometime not long ago.  Requests such as this one do not receive a response:

    http://dev.virtualearth.net/REST/v1/Locations/-23.23406,31.20233?key=BINGMAPSKEY

    Is there an estimated resolution time?

    Thanks,

    Scott

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 1:48 PM

Answers

  • The service did not go down. The experience you are describing sounds like you are being rate limited. If you make a high rate of calls to the REST or SOAP services your application will receive empty results. All trial and basic keys are rate limited. Enterprise keys are not rate limited. Rate limiting ensures that your application stays within the 50,000 service transactions limit in a 24 hour period.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Friday, December 7, 2012 8:51 AM
  • Scheduled maintenance of the Bing Maps portal does not affect the Bing Maps API's. Rate limiting isn't about exceeding 50,000 requests in a 24 hour but exceeding the number of requests per second limit.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:16 AM

All replies

  • The service did not go down. The experience you are describing sounds like you are being rate limited. If you make a high rate of calls to the REST or SOAP services your application will receive empty results. All trial and basic keys are rate limited. Enterprise keys are not rate limited. Rate limiting ensures that your application stays within the 50,000 service transactions limit in a 24 hour period.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Friday, December 7, 2012 8:51 AM
  • Hi Richard,

    I suspected rate limiting too but that wasn't it.  We weren't near our limit at the time of the outage.  

    I'm not sure if it's related, but we observed other Bing Maps outages at the same time of the Location REST API outage, such as bingmapsportal.com being down.  This occurred on multiple machines from multiple locations.  Could it have been scheduled maintenance?

    Everything is working now so you can close this thread.

    - Scott

    Friday, December 7, 2012 3:56 PM
  • Scheduled maintenance of the Bing Maps portal does not affect the Bing Maps API's. Rate limiting isn't about exceeding 50,000 requests in a 24 hour but exceeding the number of requests per second limit.

    http://rbrundritt.wordpress.com

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:16 AM