MySpace Outage Blamed on Data Center

Popular social networking hub MySpace was offline for hours last night and is blaming the downtime on a power outage in its Los Angeles data center. MySpace’s Los Angeles equipment is housed at the new Equinix facility in El Segundo. But comments at GigaOm indicate that other customers of Equinix remained online last night. Digg also has equipment at El Segundo and experienced no problems, although it appears to serve most of its content from its San Francisco data center.

For those curious about the backend driving the MySpace site, there’s an explainer at How Stuff Works.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.