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[ThePlanet] The Planet is on fire

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The Planet Datacenter has caught fire today, taking thousands of websites down.

The phone number on The Planet’s website leads to an auto recording stating that a transformer caught fire. The fire department has told them to shut down all power, including all generators and backup power. The Planet says no networking gear was harmed, so it sounds like all the servers should be fine unless the smoke got to them.

There is no ETA on when the entire datacenter, which is located in Houston, Texas, will be back up.

I am also wondering if this is the reason the entire Gawker Media network is down, including sites such as Kotaku, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and the rest of its very popular blogs, which receive millions of hits a day.
Sources: myself, the advertising company which advertises on my website, The Planet's phone recording

22,000 websites down.. ouch

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UPDATE: The Planet has confirmed that no servers were damaged. The cause of the fire appears to be an explosion that was caused by a short in some electrical equipment. The explosion took out 3 walls in the building. The Planet says some servers will be back up by tomorrow afternoon.
Update again: Entrecard is down because of the fire. In case you don't know, entrecard is a huge networking website for exchanging ads with other sites.
Edited by Boris4ka - 5/31/08 at 11:14pm
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post #2 of 19
Oh dam, this is huge.
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post #3 of 19
Wow that's really massive....
Too much VCore eh?
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post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by binormalkilla View Post
Wow that's really massive....
Too much VCore eh?
lol'd

anyone know if any high-traffic domains were affected?
    
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post #5 of 19
ouch!
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post #6 of 19
gizmodo still works (that DIY multitouch is cool). Lifehacker still works but is really slow, but that is a massive outtage.
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post #7 of 19
22k sites isnt much really. It is but its not.
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wow - damn

No sprinkler/anti-fire system in place?
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post #9 of 19
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gizmodo still works (that DIY multitouch is cool). Lifehacker still works but is really slow, but that is a massive outtage.
I see it is working now, it wasn't before. It was down and back up and back down for about an hour, as were all the gawker sites. The site home pages went back up, but all the posts were inaccessible. Working for me now, but its slow.

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Originally Posted by OmegaNemesis28 View Post
wow - damn

No sprinkler/anti-fire system in place?
Do data centers have anti-fire sprinklers? I'd think that water + servers = not good.
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