Toronto Mike

StatCounter Datacenter Explosion


If you use StatCounter to monitor traffic to your website, you likely noticed it was inaccessible all weekend.  I'm a big fan of StatCounter and typically pop in once a day to see what's happening on this site.  It's rarely offline, so when it disappeared for a few days, I knew something must have gone horribly wrong.

Here's what happend to The Planet datacenter in Houston.

Houston, TX (AHN) -- An explosion Saturday evening at a Texas-based, privately held server hosting provider has caused server outages effecting 9,000 servers and 7,500 customers.
According to The Planet's website, at about 5 p.m. Saturday electrical gear shorted, creating an explosion and fire that knocked down three walls surrounding their electrical equipment room.
No injuries were reported and no servers were damaged or lost.
The Houston company, which provides servers for small and medium sized companies, said it has its entire support team working around the clock to get the servers back on line.

For StatCounter users, the news is bad.  24 to 30 hours of stats have been lost.  We'll never know how many unique visitors we had this weekend.  And they say there were no injuries...

Author image
About Toronto Mike
I own TMDS and host Toronto MIke'd. Become a Patron.