July 25th, 2007

lung

LJ outage: what really happened?

Version one:

Power outage in the SOMA neighborhood in San Francisco. Despite data centers having multiple levels of redundancy and generally having enough fuel to go "off the grid" for at least a day and still stay up and running, LJ's data center (365 Main) goes offline (also taking out several other sites). Little or no mention is made of the backup generators or local fuel or other things that are supposed to make this sort of outage impossible. Maybe they were eaten by gremlins.

Read about it here:
http://news.livejournal.com/101880.html
http://mashable.com/2007/07/24/san-francisco-power-outage-takes-down-craigslist-technorati-sixapart-more/
http://venturebeat.com/2007/07/24/san-franciscos-tech-sites-down-amid-power-outage/
http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/07/24/key-sites-offline-today-major-sf-power-outage-may-be-to-blame/



Version two:

An employee of the data center that hosts LJ (365 Main) along with several other sites (Craigslist, Yelp, etc.), gets drunk and goes on an angry rampage and shuts down and/or breaks part of the data center. Over 40 racks go down for hours as they recover.

Read about it here:
http://valleywag.com/tech/breakdowns/a-drunk-employee-kills-all-of-the-websites-you-care-about-282021.php
http://valleywag.com/tech/breakdowns/365-main-outage-causes-aftershocks-in-web-world-282072.php
http://valleywag.com/tech/sightings/-282077.php

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