Blog and Photo Outage

By: Aaron Cowdin , 11:58 PM GMT on November 17, 2013

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I want to apologize for the outage today. It came at a terrible time with what looks to me to be a pretty nasty serve weather day for parts of the US. I've heard that some of our own members were near or in the outbreak today.

I know how much the blogs and photos are part of everyone's weekend and weekday life, and I know how much it means to everyone to be able to talk through these weather events and share information. I'm sorry that we failed today, and we'll do everything we can to stop these kinds of failures in the future.

Try as we might, sometimes bad things happen in our datacenter, and today we had a very important machine go down. It is the central data storage system for all community features, including blogs, photos, etc. We used to have an online backup for this system, but we've had to go without while we move and upgrade all of our hardware. A backup system for the machine in question is literally in the mail right now, along with a ton of other hardware to prop up our entire infrastructure. We always backup our data, in several locations, but the hardware itself was not, so it had to be repaired. Thus, the outage.

Fortunately any data loss was very minimal, resulting in a loss of only items that were sent while the outage occurred. No long terms loss of data is evident, and service should be fully restored.

I hope that everyone out there is safe after the storms and I hope that you'll continue to use the blogs to keep each other safe and informed.

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10. BahaHurican
3:38 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
Hi Aaron.

Can I STRONGLY suggest we add a new blog? A PHOTOGRAPHERS' blog? I'm thinking of a blog for discussing photos, methods, and maybe interesting stories involving amateur / professional photojournalism.

Baha
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9. PedleyCA
2:00 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
Thanks for the info. Used to work in a data center. When the hardware fails you are just at the mercy of whether you
can get it going again. Good to see you succeeded.
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8. Astrometeor
1:35 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
Quoting 6. Tazmanian:
the olny thing still not working right now is the chat room


I don't see how everyone got in, Adobe is giving me a security warning...something I've never seen before with chat. Then I get denied connection. *shrug*

Thanks Aaron for getting the blogs up again, even though the shutdown ruined my Sunday afternoon.
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7. washingtonian115
1:22 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
Quoting 2. Tigerosee:
Thanks to all of you for getting the blogs back up and running! Some folks just seem to lack patience---then it did seem like forever:-) Just kidding. Thanks again!!!
Ahh the mysterious blogger....
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6. Tazmanian
1:19 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
the olny thing still not working right now is the chat room
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5. BahaHurican
1:16 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
Thanks Aaron. You guys do such a great job generally that when something like this happens we all go into withdrawal...

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4. Patrap
12:48 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
Thank you for the server service.

"Domo Arigato"

Can I interest you in a Game of Chess ?



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3. barbamz
12:23 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
Thank you that the blog was up again after some hours! Must have been a stressful Sunday for you all.
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2. Tigerosee
12:21 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
Thanks to all of you for getting the blogs back up and running! Some folks just seem to lack patience---then it did seem like forever:-) Just kidding. Thanks again!!!
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1. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
12:01 AM GMT on November 18, 2013
ya its ok sucks on the timing part but not much can be done when the red screen of death shows up

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