Fiber Cut Knocks Wikipedia Offline

Wikipedia experienced a one-hour outage early Monday when it lost network connectivity due to a fiber cut between its data centers in Tampa and Ashburn, Virginia. Despite its low-budget approach to supporting one of the world’s busiest sites, the Wikimedia Foundation has worked to make its network’s infrastructure more reliable. Read More

Human Error Cited in Outage said human error was responsible for a data center power outage that left more than 1,100 customers without service. The downtime occurred as the company was conducting preventive maintenance on a UPS system in the company’s data center in Newark, Del. Read More

Windows Azure Hit by Cloud Outage in Europe

Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform is experiencing a significant service outage in western Europe, the company said this morning. Azure compute services are largely unavailable for customers in the region. Read More

Data Center Fire Disrupts Key Services in Calgary

The city of Calgary is recovering from the impact of a data center fire that crippled city services and delayed hundreds of surgeries at local hospitals. The explosion and fire last Wednesday in a Shaw Communications facility knocked out both the primary and backup systems. Read More

Power Outage Hits London Data Center

Customers of a Level 3 data center in London were knocked offline last by a UPS failure. The downtime knocked dozens of companies offline, according to The Register, which has details from the incident report. Read More

Major Outage for (CRM) is experiencing a significant outage today, leaving many customers unable to access the company’s services. The disruption began just before 1 a.m. Pacific time, and has been gradually restoring service throughout the day. Read More

Surviving Electric Squirrels and UPS Failures

Folks who’ve worked in the data center industry for a while tend to have their squirrel stories. Mike Christian, who runs business continuity for Yahoo, shared his recently during a keynote at the recent O’Reilly Velocity conference in a presentation titled “Frying Squirrels and Unspun Gyros,” which examined the many ways that data centers can fail. Read More

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