NaviSite outage "knocked off about 165,000 Web sites offline"

Approximately 165,000 Web sites have been offline since Saturday, thanks to a failed datacenter migration involving Andover, Mass.-based Web hosting company NaviSite. The problems started Saturday when NaviSite attempted to migrate and replace hundreds of servers operated by Baltimore-based Alabanza, a Web hosting company acquired by NaviSite in August. According to NaviSite spokesman Rathin Sinha, […]

Approximately 165,000 Web sites have been offline since Saturday, thanks to a failed datacenter migration involving Andover, Mass.-based Web hosting company NaviSite.

The problems started Saturday when NaviSite attempted to migrate and replace hundreds of servers operated by Baltimore-based Alabanza, a Web hosting company acquired by NaviSite in August.

According to NaviSite spokesman Rathin Sinha, NaviSite decided to physically move 200 of the 850 servers operated by Alabanza to NaviSite's datacenter in Andover and then virtually migrate the data from the rest of the older servers to new boxes, also in Andover.

NaviSite let its customers know that their sites would be down for a while on Saturday, with the migration expected to be finished that day, Sinha said. But when NaviSite attempted to transfer the data from the 650 servers still in Baltimore it ran into a number of synchronization failures that kept multiplying.

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