Pipex has today become the first ISP to report major technical problems caused by the extreme weather which has battered the north of England. A fibre break caused by the flooding in Sheffield has hit Pipex data centres in Leeds and Manchester, affecting the firms hosting business 123-reg. A Pipex spokeswoman told us: "Some …
And to think...
...the internet came about due to the military's requirements for a high resilience network!
You don't need a bomb to knock it out, just a few million gallons of liquid, which from my calculations in the pub last night, can easily be produced by 12 guys consuming 4 pints of lager each!
Other providers affected
Star Internet has lost many of it's Leased Lines in the north of England:
We have confirmation that flooding in the Sheffield POP has caused an outage on one part of our northern network. This site is currently being made safe, before work to restore connectivity can begin
In addition a fibre break has been identified in the Crewe\Manchester area that has affected our back up route to the affected POP’s. Engineers are on route and further information will be provided once an assessment of the situation has taken place.
you missed off a bit
we have pipex as our net provider and from what I was told by their support that it was the fibre over in birmingham that took the break and that their "resiliance" line in sheffield was also down due to flooding.
Re: And to think
The internet was not broken, only a small part was cut off. Similarly, it was not taken down by a single failure, but rather by a number of failures occurring before any of them could be fixed.
The internet is a resilient thing, but the smaller the scale you're looking at, the less resilient things become. To cut the UK off from the internet entirely would be nearly impossible, but to cut a couple of cities off would be a lot easier.
How many !?!
"experienced latency issues for about 90 mins."
And I thought 90 milliseconds was bad !
why don't anyone give ISP's a break? Most of them are using BT infrastructure or lines provided by third party telco providers such as Fibernet.
Anyway, this is a natural disaster, which claimed lives, and will cost millions to restore, and most of you are complaining about services?
And the report states 'latency' and not total loss of service.