Comments for Livejournal taken out by blown transformer
An underground transformer failed around 2 PM and restored at 3:30 PM today according to various online sources. From a user point of view, it meant one of my favorite sites was suddenly failing: Livejournal. Typepad and livejournal are two blogging options run by Six Apart. The current status page says that the Typepad database is up and running but Livejournal is still down with no ETA on its recovery.
Other sites that were affected include: CNet (currently back up), Craigslist SF (back up), Technorati (back up), netflix (back up), alexa (backup), and yelp (back up). Of all the sites temporarily inconvenienced by the blackout only Six Apart still has sites that aren't up.
In this day and age of cheap hard drives and oodles of bandwidth, it's surprising that such globally visible sites could be taking down so easily by a power outage. Data can be backed up to server banks in remote locations. These can provide load balancing and backup for when locations are hit by power outages. The power has now been on for four hours yet and all of livejournal is still black.
According to livejournal's stats (reading from a recent Google cache), there are users who are:
And I bet a few of them are a bit peeved right now. To be down this long is an embarrassment. I hope Six Apart learns from today's blackout and makes better plans for maintaining uptime in future outages. How will the site manage if another major earthquake hits?