The Planet Datacenter has caught fire today, taking thousands of websites down.
ASE Adnet, the sole advertisement provider for Wordplop, is one of the many websites that are down because of the fire that happened less than an hour ago.
The phone number on The Planet’s website leads to an auto recording stating that a transformer caught fire. The fire department has told them to shut down all power, including all generators and backup power. The Planet says no networking gear was harmed, so it sounds like all the servers should be fine unless the smoke got to them.
There is no ETA on when the entire datacenter, which is located in Houston, Texas, will be back up.
UPDATE: The Planet has confirmed that no servers were damaged. The cause of the fire appears to be an explosion that was caused by a short in some electrical equipment. The explosion took out 3 walls in the building. The Planet says some servers will be back up by tomorrow afternoon.
UPDATE 2: Entrecard is down because of the outage.
UPDATE 6-1-08 10PM PST: Servers still down, The Planet now says they will try to bring back service by Monday night. Conspiracy theories are already on the rise, and some believe this is a cover up for a government search of the servers. Refer to the comments below. Websites continue to lose thousands of dollars.
UPDATE 6-2-08 12PM PST: Looks like most servers are back up now, even though some are having problems. So I guess all servers will be back up in a few hours. This will be the last update then.