Broadband Reports long term viability in doubt; system still down

Sun, 04/22/2012 - 8:02am - Anonymous

According to the latest update from site owner, site may be down for some time yet. But even more troubling is sentiments of minimal interest in maintaining site for long term:

Sat Apr 21 22:15:37 EDT 2012

Despite our storage array totally losing its marbles for no good reason, we
have verified all 20+ disks (RAID1+0) are fully readable. I see no reason
at this stage to think restoration need lose even data from the day of.
The problem I have involves the slowness of working on a clean restart
remotely, knowing whether to re-trust the investment we made in equipment,
and real life obligations, unrelated.

After things are going I'll be looking to move everything to a cloud, it
is just less stressful and given the costs incurred so far, cheaper too.

Your patience is much appreciated. As you know, no matter what stage of popularity
or size achieved it was always a "personal" website and for
the last year+ has been on cruise control. A significant disruption with
purely reactive sysadmin was always a possibility with the wrong kind of luck.
I'll deal with it, without rushing, and see what direction to move things
(cloud, or some other solution) after the dust settles.



GalaxyNexus on
Sounds like the site owner is too busy with his 6 year old kid's birthday party to get this site back online. What a loser. :( From the site: "Fri Apr 20 09:05:55 EDT 2012 If I had any firmer idea than two days ago on when things will be up, I would post it but so far, I can't say for sure. When I get a solid date I'll post. Have a great weekend. My eldest son has his 6th birthday party on sunday. I've got two tasks to juggle :)"
Pyrion on
Oh it's worse than that. A lot worse than that. The power outage (and likely immediate UPS failure) hit mid-database write, so the database is in an inconsistent state and, worse, spans a f!*#ton of drives in a RAID-10 array. Thus, recovering the database in a usable state is something that a data recovery company is going to have to do, for a sizable chunk of change. Thus it makes sense that he'd be looking into cloud hosting for the site as a far stabler platform, since the responsibility for keeping the site from falling to a power outage would fall to someone else with a lot more resources than him. And if you read the "sequence of unfortunate events" he posted on Google Docs, he didn't have anything else to do over the last weekend anyways.

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