Web Host Rackspace Knocked Offline

Susan Hall

First, Web hosting company Rackspace had a "maintenance failure" at its Dallas data center Sunday, then a truck on Monday hit a transformer providing its power. It switched to generator power, but two chillers failed to start back up, forcing Rackspace to take customer servers offline to protect the equipment, reports Data Center Knowledge.


With customers such as Laughing Squid, GigaOm and 37 Signals offline for about three hours, soon the Net was abuzz about the company, which is known for its reliability.


News.com blogger Larry Dignan notes the data center outage stirs memories of the 365 Main incident in San Francisco earlier this year and asks:

Is the Internet really this fragile? You bet.

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