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Effect of The Planet’s accident

Posted Aug 24 2008 2:43pm

This morning, I received an email from EntreCard , with their apologies on the site’s downtime. It was due to an accident at their server host - The Planet .

At first, I thought it was just affecting EntreCard, which I concerned very little at that point.

Then, almost 12 hours passed, I checked my traffice in StatCounter , shocked to find out that my traffic recorded almost nil, for yesterday and today. I remembered checking it yesterday, and it was looking healthy! Read on, and found out The Planet’s accident actually affected a lot of sites including StatCounter!

Apparently The Planet is hosting over 9k sites, and my counter happened to be in the affected partition, which was not recording. I understand there is nothing SC team could do to restore the lost traffic counts. Quite upseting, but couldn’t blame anyone on accidents, can I?

According to SC, they chose The Planet for its claim of safety backups as follow:

From The Planet website :

With multiple state-of-the art data centers located in Dallas and Houston, Texas, The Planet provides On Demand IT Infrastructure backed by complete redundancy in power, HVAC, fire suppression, network connectivity, and security. So if any of our data centers experiences a disruption for any reason, your eggs (or servers) are never in one basket.

They surely cheated their users in this, coz they actually put all their eggs in one basket.

I’m glad my host sends their backup to a backup server in Singapore, well at least according to him. It should be this way - spread out in different geographical locations!

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