Now you see us, now you don’t: Houston has a problem

Update: at the moment (midnightish) load time seems to be back up to speed. Yay! (fingers crossed)

From my post over at the original HAT earlier:

HAT is down
And may be for a while yet. From my hosting service:

At approx midnight Saturday (NSW time) a fire and subsequent explosion occurred in a Data Centre that houses one of ********** servers. None of the servers, including ours, housed in the data centre were damaged

Apparently an electrical gear shorted, creating an explosion and fire that knocked down three walls surrounding the electrical equipment room. Thankfully, no one was injured. In addition, no customer servers were damaged or lost.

The data centre team have been allowed into the building to physically inspect the damage. Early indications are that the short was in a high-volume wire conduit. We were not allowed to activate our backup generator plan based on instructions from the fire department.

The latest indication that our server should come back on line about lunch time Monday. However this is assuming everything goes to plan.

And here’s the related news story: my server apparently lives in Houston, Texas with 9000 others. The company’s support forums are slow because it’s been slashdotted now.

So, HAT has been up and down for the last few hours, and everything is loading slowly because the backup power system isn’t as responsive, and they’re having to do some load balancing. Hopefully things will be back to normal over the next few days.



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5 replies

  1. It was because you posted about those mindless action movies, without a doubt. I always thought this blog needed more explosions.
    [Whistles the theme from The A-Team]

  2. Oh noes! I haz blindness from Mr T bling already!

  3. [light cigar with leather-gloved fist, grimaces]
    I love it when a plan comes together.

  4. It is possible? Can one make a MayDay call in June?

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