OK, that was a biggy!
Our hosting provider (Hostinguk.net - feel free to troll them on Twitter) had a massive outage from about 9 pm last night.
Apparently, and I shit you not, a fibre cable that had been run under a farmer’s field was cut. I
mean, farmers digging up a field, who’d have predicted that?
Anyway, we are up again BUT WE MAY STILL EXPERIENCE MORE DOWNTIME as this is a temporary overground fix.
What is really strange about this is that hosting companies build redundancy into each area of their operations so that if one part fails another one will kick in until full service can be restored. It SEEMS as though Hosting UK did have multiple fibre routes to their data centre, but they all went under farmer Giles’ field.
If you’re a geek, or are particularly warped, here’s the whole brutal saga. See here for continued updates.