Savvis Outage Knocks Lycos Offline

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The web portal Lycos was knocked offline when two Savvis Communications data centers in Boston suffered a connectivity failure, causing downtime for customers hosted at the facility. A backup fiber cable was “accidentally severed,” according to Lycos spokeswoman Kathy O’Reilly (no one specifically blamed a backhoe, but it sure sounds like a likely culprit). Sites affected included the entire Lycos Network, including Lycos Mail and the Tripod Web hosting service, as well as IDG’s CIO Magazine. See The WHIR and C/Net for additional coverage.

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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.