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Dropbox suffered a major outage across the globe today – the company blamed "routine internal maintenance" for the significant wobble, which appears to be ongoing. At time of publication, Dropbox was claiming on its official status page that services were running normally again. However, a quick scan of "Dropbox down" tweets …

  1. jaime

    Confirmed here

    Error (500) Something went wrong. Don't worry, your files are still safe and the Dropboxers have been notified.

    1. Dan 55 Silver badge

      We are recovering your files from our Utah data centre.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    As of 1228 EDT, Dropbox is working on the US East Coast. In any event, it's not like I use it for high-priority stuff. If it goes down for a while, I can wait for it, and if it disappears forever, the contents are either replaceable or expendable.

    1. AJ MacLeod

      In any case unless you have only ever used the web interface (which is unlikely) or have deliberately only "selective sync"'d certain parts of your Dropbox contents you'll have a complete copy of your files on a machine you own.

      I'm immediately sceptical of anything "cloudy" but Dropbox does generally work pretty well for some businesses who haven't the resources to run their own solution.

  3. twilkins

    Fine here now (17:44 BST), of course the beauty of it for me is that I have a copy of all my files locally...

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  5. vordan

    This is why we have our own company OwnCloud setup..

    1. gerdesj

      "This is why we have our own company OwnCloud setup.."

      I have one at home as well, behind HA Proxy which is in one of the DMZs ...

    2. steamrunner

      What happens when your OwnCloud setup crashes?

  6. Whistlerspa

    That's why it pays to use more than one cloud service I guess.

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      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        "Hang on, that's not the right metaphor..."

        Any storm in a teacup? No...

        Who's next?

        1. VinceH

          Every silver lining has a cloud.

        2. John Bailey

          Red sky at night, house on fire.

          1. gerdesj

            "Red sky at night, house on fire."

            Red sky at night, your cows are alight.

            (Possibly from Private Eye cartoon during the mad cow's disease epidemic in the UK)

          2. Synonymous Howard

            Red sky in the morning, house still burning.

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        3. Teiwaz

          "Hang on, that's not the right metaphor..."

          'The Infinite Sky is Motionless Above'


          'On the Edge of a A Vanishing Autumn Cloud'

        4. choleric

          I wandered lonely as a Dropbox cloud.

          Dropbox is currently pushing up daffodils.

        5. Sarah Balfour

          Any port in a storm…?

          Preferably one with an external backup drive attached to it

          1. JDX Gold badge

            Re: Any port in a storm…?

            DB going down only means (for the vast majority) that your local changes are not getting backed up for a few hours. Probably not a big deal.

            There will be a few people who need to sync to a new device - setting up a new PC or something - but that will be a tiny minority in the timescale in question.

    2. Munchausen's proxy

      That's why it pays to use more than one cloud service I guess.

      Or fewer than one.

  7. Small Furry Animal

    It's always darkest before you turn on the lights

    1. Charles 9

      Even if it's midday?

  8. Charles Manning

    So a BOFH screwed up?

    Well there's a first time for everything!

    1. auburnman

      Re: So a BOFH screwed up?

      If a BOFH did it it was probably to teach someone a lesson/get someone fired. Perhaps a well-loved on-call bonus was at risk because some PHB said "we never have out of hours emergencies?"

  9. gerdesj

    Slow news ...

    The journo's friend on a slow news day ;)

    Apart from the snide remark, the above is handy when you are trying to decide if it is your end or their end that is broken. Also see

  10. batfastad

    Oh no...

    ... I can't access the files in the 2MB of storage space that Dropbox give.

  11. herman Silver badge

    Hey! You! Get offa my cloud!

    OK, now I gave my age away...

  12. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    Cirrus question

    How long, in cumulus, was DropBox down for? What is the current Stratus?

    People who rely too much on these cloud services should seek out Altos, and Nimbus!

  13. robin maddison

    Red Sky at Night- Hendon is on fire! (Round the Horne?)

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Cloud

    Somebody elses computers you have no control over.

  15. Nameless Faceless Computer User

    No problems

    Everything works fine here

    (don't you just hate people who say that?)

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