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November, 2009

  • 20 November

    Data center outage causes major flight delays

    A system error took down the National Airspace Data Interchange Network (NADIN), a multi-billion dollar data center operated by the FAA, for several hours yesterday. The system outage made thousands of airline flight plans unavailable, meaning thousands of planes could not take off in the United States until the issue …

October, 2009

  • 14 October

    Lesson learned: pay your host on time

    Paying for any service in a timely manner is always a good idea, but as a VPS user on a web hosting forum discovered, not paying your host could mean losing your data. In this particular case, the individual was 40 days late on his VPS payment. The host terminated …

  • 1 October

    Prevent data disasters with a RAID array

    Do you make regular backups of your data? Even if you do, you will always experience significant downtime in the event of a hard disk failure on your dedicated server. One solution to this problem is to upgrade from a single drive to a RAID array. Simply put, the technology …

September, 2009

  • 18 September

    Flood ravages Vodafone data center

    This isn’t the first data center flood covered here at Internetblog, but most certainly the worst. In the video above, you can watch as several feet of water rush into Vodafone’s Istanbul data center and destroy thousands of pounds worth of server hardware and data. Immediately after the flood, Vodafone …

  • 16 September

    Is phone support worth the extra cost?

    In an attempt to provide better service, some hosts have returned to the old model of providing phone support as a substitute for the more common online ticket system. It’s great to see technical assistance being provided the old-fashioned way again, but this luxury usually comes at an added cost. …

July, 2009

  • 31 July

    West Africa struggles after cable cut

    Yesterday, an undersea SAT-3 cable was cut between the Iberian peninsula and West Africa. It is apparently the only line connecting West Africa to the digital world, and the cut caused connectivity problems in Benin, Togo, Niger, and Nigeria. Nigeria’s banking sector, government and mobile phone networks all suffered from …

June, 2009

  • 17 June

    Iran Crisis Delays Twitter Data Center Upgrade

    With the Iranian government blocking most contact with the outside world in the midst of the election crisis, Twitter has become an important line of communication for activists and protesters. A network upgrade at Twitter’s data center was originally scheduled to take place Monday evening, but now the company has …

  • 16 June

    Data Center's Worst Nightmare Comes True

    I hope whoever owns this data center (likely a telecom provider) has good flood insurance. Considering the cost of equipment, time it takes to set up and configure several dozen servers, and most importantly, all the data these machines store, wouldn’t you think the owner of all this stuff would …

  • 12 June

    Lightning strike brings outages for Amazon cloud

    Amazon.com has released a statement saying that the recent outages experienced on some of their Web services were due to lightning strikes in the United States. On 6:30pm Pacific Daylight Time, a lightning strike caused some of the servers to lose power. This led to disruption with their EC2 service …

May, 2009

  • 28 May

    Keeping a close watch on your server

    Nothing can be worse than getting a call from an irate client, screaming at you because their web site won’t load. You scramble out of bed, tripping over the cat, and log onto your computer. It only takes you a few minutes to realize that the whole server is down. …