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Samsung fire kills connection worldwide

by on21 April 2014

Smoke gets in its eyes

A fire at a Samsung datacentre has been causing all sorts of headaches for users over Easter. Samsung confirmed the fire at one of its data centres Gwacheon, South Korea and mentioned that services were down from 06:00 to 10:30 (GMT) yesterday.

The blog post mentioned that all services were back online as of 10:30 GMT, and that there were no fatalities in the fire. The fire originated in the fourth floor of the Samsung SDS building, which is located in Gwacheon, South Korea. The floor housed a data centre that hosted Samsung’s credit card services, which were also down as a result. 

Several users complained that Samsung’s Smart Hub was inaccessible. It is unclear as to why a fire at a single location managed to knock off Samsung’s global website along with most of its services, considering that the data centre in Gwacheon is not supposed to be the main data centre. We thought that one of the advantages of all this cloud stuff was that if there was a fire all the data traffic would just go elsewhere.

Here is TV coverage of the fire because we love the smell of data burning in the morning. Smells like victory. 


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