Rackshack have posted to their support forums
that their power consumption has hit the limit of the local Houston power grid.
Rackshack expects to have a second datacenter, also in Houston, but on a different segment of the power grid, in the first few days of September, and that [at the time of the posting] it had around 600 servers available to rent in its existing datacenter. 600 servers sounds a lot and more than the entire installed base of many hosting companies, but Rackshack is one of the market leaders in Linux/Apache dedicated servers and has been adding in the region of 1000 new Linux servers per month to its network.
Our site was inaccessible for about 9 hours yesterday between 5pm and 1:30am BST [9am - 5:30pm Pacific]. We are informed that this was caused by a serious fibre break on the Energis
The SCO site has been up during business hours in Utah, but has since failed again
. Many news sites carried the story that Eric Raymond had spoken to agroup responsible for a Distributed Denial of Service attack on the www.sco.com site and that they agreed to stop. However it appears that this may have been a hoax, or they subsequently changed their minds, or another person decided to continue the attack, or that the timeout on the attack has not yet been reached.
In a similar situation 10 days ago Microsoft chose to deploy Akamai's caching service, which has successfully averted any outages.
Akamai would be more dependable at warding off Distributed Denial of Service attacks than favours from Eric Raymond, but concievably SCO may have difficulty swallowing its pride and buying a service that uses tens of thousands of Linux servers, for which Akamai presumably has not purchased a SCO licence.
Nick Marsh points out that the www.sco.com
site has been down for a long time - now over two days so far according to our performance measurements
At the moment, it is not known whether the SCO site has been successfully attacked, intentionally taken down, has lost connectivity or has simply broken.
I AM MR DARL MCBRIDE CURRENTLY SERVING AS THE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SCO GROUP, FORMERLY KNOWN AS CALDERA SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, IN LINDON, UTAH, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I KNOW THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD NO PREVIOUS COMMUNICATIONS OR BUSINESS DEALINGS BEFORE NOW.
MY ASSOCIATES HAVE RECENTLY MADE CLAIM TO COMPUTER SOFTWARES WORTH AN ESTIMATED $1 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS. I AM WRITING TO YOU IN CONFIDENCE BECAUSE WE URGENTLY REQUIRE YOUR ASSISTANCE TO OBTAIN THESE FUNDS.