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11-25-2009 @ 10:02AM
Oh yes. Because there's 8 different power lines outside my house connected to 8 different power companies all vying for my business. Yeah, power outtage? No problem! I'll just switch to a more reliable power company!I'm guessing you've never worked in a data center environment. "Reliable power" is one of the key factors in picking a place to set up your server farm. If that means the hosting company needs to have its own generator so your servers keep going if PG&E screws up, then they'd better have that generator, and a big fuel tank, and arrangements to keep more fuel coming in if the outage goes on for longer than their tank size.That's why it's hard for me to believe this is strictly a power issue. Reliable power is such a basic requirement for a large scale deployment that I have trouble believing Blizzard would neglect it; there's something else going on besides a simple power failure. I don't know (and we probably will never know) whether it's the data center administrators' fault, the system administrators' fault, the software engineers' fault, or an act of God, but I'd be very surprised if it's just that "the power company" stopped sending them electricity.
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