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Car Crash Triggers Amazon Power Outage

Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service suffered its fourth power outage in a week on Tuesday, with some customers in its US East Region losing service for about an hour. The incident was triggered when a vehicle crashed into a utility pole near one of the company’s data centers. Read More

Finance Sites Slowed by Market Whiplash

Several prominent Internet finance portals experienced performance problems this afternoon as the major stock market indicators plunged precipitously, apparently due to an errant trade. The incident may intensify scrutiny of high frequency trading, a key customer sector for many colocation providers. Read More

Flooded Exchange Disrupts BT Service

Major flooding at a BT exchange in the Paddington section of London has disrupted telecom service and payment networks in parts of London, and the company says it may be days before it can fully restore service. Read More

Wikipedia’s Data Center Overheats

Wikipedia was offline for several hours yesterday after a cooling problem in Wikimedia’s European data center led to a heat condition that caused a server shutdown. A DNS problem during failover caused additional downtime. Read More

U. of Penn Data Center Overheats

The University of Pennsylvania had to shut off the IT systems supporting the school’s financial, research and student services after its data center overheated Tuesday afternoon. Read More

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