On Thursday night August 20th, 2015, a blast occurred in the basement of 811 West Wilshire Blvd. in downtown Los Angeles taking out an on-site power station leaving 12 buildings in the area without utility power for much of Friday, as reported by ABC News and other sources. The outage significantly affected major network provider Level 3 Communications, LogMeIn, major data center providers Internap and Equinix and several other companies in addition to One Wilshire, one of the most important carrier hotels and interconnection facilities in southern California. The greater LA area has seen a number of power outages within the last month including a three day outage in Long Beach and a power outage at the Los Angeles International Airport.
Issues caused by utility failures and other incidents are not entirely unusual. In fact, Eaton has even created a Blackout Tracker that logs major incidents throughout the United States, and it is clear these types of issues happen with a great deal of frequency. While similar outages have happened around the world over the years, this is a reminder that organizations should never rely on a single data center, no matter how redundant. This is the founding principle of Total Uptime. To give organizations complete control over their network, allowing them to automatically or manually send traffic to alternate sites with as little as 15 seconds of downtime. Perhaps we can do the same for your business.
Yes, even the biggest and best organizations can suffer tremendous losses due to something as simple as a DNS issue. Unless you are immersed in DNS and it is one of your core competencies, it is easy to make a mistake, and that may be what transpired at Apple. As reported at ars technica, CNBC and various other […]
It seems GoDaddy had a very serious DNS issue affecting who knows how many customers around the globe for 4+ hours on Monday. CNN and other news sites report that it was an attack and WIRED discovered that GoDaddy even switched their domain to start using their competitor Verisign’s DNS service, which is an embarrassing move. We really don’t like seeing any of our competitors […]
Total Uptime’s DNS Service along with our DNS Failover solution are often compared to Amazon Route 53, and for good reason. Organizations are increasingly looking for a reliable DNS provider in light of frequent outages at various Domain Registrars like Network Solutions. IT experts understand that because DNS is the first link in the chain, it must be the […]
In 1959 there was a fire in the Pentagon. It resulted in seven million dollars’ worth of damage, taking out three mainframe computers. In today’s currency that would be $58.1 million. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) was then tasked with creating rules and regulations to manage risks in computer environments. They came up with […]