INTERNET DOWN: MANY OF WORLD’S BIGGEST WEBSITES CRASH, INCLUDING AMAZON, UK GOVERNMENT AND REDDIT

HiTecK

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Large swathes of the internet broke after an apparent problem with the infrastructure underpinning many of the world’s biggest websites.

Everything from Reddit to the New York Times and the UK government’s website stopped loading around the globe, with users seeing a range of error messages. The Independent’s website was also hit by the issues.

The issues appeared to be the result of a problem with Fastly, a cloud computing company that provides key services to many websites.

Visitors to affected websites saw a message reading “Fastly error: unknown domain”. The error messages seemed to vary, sometimes appearing only as short messages as text and at other times showing the website’s own error pages.

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I guess it’s inevitable at the rate data is being stored around the globe I watched a documentary last night about the Facebook data server site in Oregon it was ginormous and growing daily at an incredible rate I can only imagine the mass hysteria it would cause if it went offline and people couldn’t get their daily Facebook fix. Not that it would affect me as I don’t have 2k+ ”friends“ that I need to know what they had for lunch etc. Technology is great but when it goes tits up most people don’t have a plan B anymore.
 

channelking

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I guess it’s inevitable at the rate data is being stored around the globe I watched a documentary last night about the Facebook data server site in Oregon it was ginormous and growing daily at an incredible rate I can only imagine the mass hysteria it would cause if it went offline and people couldn’t get their daily Facebook fix. Not that it would affect me as I don’t have 2k+ ”friends“ that I need to know what they had for lunch etc. Technology is great but when it goes tits up most people don’t have a plan B anymore.

Miss the good ol days of just normal face to face communication and socialising with each other not behind a screen.
 

steptoe

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I guess it’s inevitable at the rate data is being stored around the globe I watched a documentary last night about the Facebook data server site in Oregon it was ginormous and growing daily at an incredible rate I can only imagine the mass hysteria it would cause if it went offline and people couldn’t get their daily Facebook fix. Not that it would affect me as I don’t have 2k+ ”friends“ that I need to know what they had for lunch etc. Technology is great but when it goes tits up most people don’t have a plan B anymore.
Most new data centres are built with 100% power redundancy and at least 50% storage
It's to try and avoid such outages.
 
Most new data centres are built with 100% power redundancy and at least 50% storage
It's to try and avoid such outages.
This place was belt and braces with enough standby generators to power a small city so all bases covered unless the perfect storm comes calling someday or some spotty wee nerd hacks into it bringing it to its knees :ROFLMAO:
 

steptoe

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This place was belt and braces with enough standby generators to power a small city so all bases covered unless the perfect storm comes calling someday or some spotty wee nerd hacks into it bringing it to its knees :ROFLMAO:
I'd imagine it was quite old in terms of its backup capacity, tbh.
You wouldn't believe the power those places consume,! :dizzy:
Plus it's not just the power, a lot of older ones are run at 100% capacity with no redundancy for storage, so if it goes down they have to start rebuilding it from almost scratch,
Now they usually run at minimum 50% (at least 30%, ) some even have 100 % redundancy on storage,
But all new ones have 100% redundancy on critical services so they can be back up and running in hours rather than days.

But, as you say, it's the link to the outside world that is the weak point, although that would be shut down in a matter of seconds, but with no storage redundancy , like I said, it could take a long time to rebuild the servers.
 

channelking

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He says while typing on a screen 🙊

Ye I see the irony there lol.

But this is a forum I was more referencing to people on social media, texting etc instead of actually meeting up with people anymore and socialising. Don't see that anymore.
 
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