A ServerBeach data center in Virginia was hit by a power outage early today, causing at least four hours of downtime for many customers. The incident marked the third time in the past 16 months that this data center had suffered a complete power loss, following outages in June of this year and June 2006. The power outage occurred during system maintenance, according to a update from ServerBeach.
We have been performing ongoing maintenance in our Virginia data center since the last issue that we had out there this past summer. At approximately 8:00am Central Time we experienced a power outage that affected our entire data center. At 9:15am Central Time the power stabilized and we began bringing servers back online.
ServerBeach is the discount dedicated server unit of Peer 1 Networks. The company said it was continuing to investigate the incident, and promised customers a full report within 96 hours "get the full details of what the cause was, analyze the information and create a viable solution that will assist us in avoiding this issue in the future." While no one plans on downtime, early Saturday morning is as good a time as any - hence the scheduling of the maintenance window for a low-traffic moment for most customers.