United Nations website offline too
Down for everyone. Conspiracy theories about the hurricane being a man-made weather weapon, like a bad S(ci|y)-F(i|y) Channel movie?
Hurricane Sandy has taken out five of New York's biggest blogsites - the Huffington Post and all its global offshoots; Buzzfeed; and the Gawker portfolio - Gizmodo US, Gawker, Jezebel. The downtime was reported from 1900 Eastern Daylight Time (2300 GMT) last night. Visits to the blogs currently call up a host of "connection …
"Conspiracy theories about the hurricane being a man-made weather weapon, like a bad S(ci|y)-F(i|y) Channel movie?"
People watch and believe everything they see. They know its a telly program and is fictional but still believe what they see/read/hear.
I believe nothing humans tell me. 99.99999% are thick as pigs shite.
"obvious reason is convenience. When shit breaks, or when your making changes to hardware (add/remove/upgrade) it's really nice to have it local to your staff."
You generally hire staff willing to work where your business is. You don't generally move your business to where some staff are prepared to work.
I think you're onto something here. There are definitely a few sites that may be worthwhile to keep off the web and plenty of people will pay. I'd also join you in $5 for Gawker. But we can go further. Daily Mail will warrant 10 quid and HuffPo a whopping $29.99/month. It's quite likely that all these sites will make more money from users who DON'T want their content available.
Sandy shorted the power at the datacenter, ripped up the Atlantic cable, has taken down the sat links, destroyed the data repeaters, flooded the internet pipes, is jamming the wifi...
"What's that, your printer isn't working and there's a flashing red light next to a 'drop' symbol? That will be the automatic storm protection kicking in, try and locate a working printer in a more protected part of the building, thank you for bothering IT support, have a nice day"
What is it with all these new media companies having single data centres?
If your business model requires you to serve web content to customers, then you should prepare for the the worst you can afford. At a minimum buy rackspace or virtual min in at least two DC's geographically seperated from different providers. It's not massively expensive, it's not massively complicated, so why arn't the VC people funding it?