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Monday, July 24, 2006

MySpace down hard

MySpace, the most popular social networking site in the world (and one of the most popular websites period), is down.

At the time of posting, the following message greats you upon visiting MySpace:

"hey everyone! there's been a power outage in our data center. we're in the process of fixing it right now, so sit tight. hopefully we'll be back online within the hour. its 6:40pm PST now. wanna place a bet? -Tom"

Again, at the time of posting, that was over seven hours ago!

I've read post-mortem on power failures at the Wikimedia data centre before now; such outages often go hand-in-hand with severe database corruption that can take hours - or days - to repair.

It's also quite remarkable that a site the size of MySpace appears to run from just a single datacentre, rather than being based in several, widely distributed, datacentres.

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