Wikipedia back online after brief service cut

August 6, 2012
The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is viewed in January 2012 during a protest blackout. Popular online knowledge trove Wikipedia was back online Monday after a fiber optic cable connection between its two US data centers was severed, causing an hour-long service outage.

Popular online knowledge trove Wikipedia was back online Monday after a fiber optic cable connection between its two US data centers was severed, causing an hour-long service outage.

A cable line linking data centers in the states of Virginia and Florida was severed about 1300 GMT, according to the nonprofit , which operates Wikipedia.org and other websites.

Wikipedia's websites were restored after an hour and the was back online by about 1535 GMT, Wikimedia said.

"We are now working with our network provider to determine how and why we were impacted by that fiber cut when we are supposed to have redundancy in our network," Wikimedia said in a blog post.

"We are still waiting for their full report."

Wikimedia has two separate fiber optic lines connecting the data centers, with one connection intended to act as a backup for the other in event of a problem.

The data center in Virginia handles most Wikipedia traffic but accesses the center in Florida to fetch stored information in the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia, according to Wikimedia.

Explore further: Microsoft closing Encarta online encyclopedia

Related Stories

Wikipedia launches iPhone application

August 20, 2009

Wikipedia said it has released an iPhone application as part of a drive to open the pages of its revered online encyclopedia to the booming ranks of smart phone users.

Google donates $2 million to support Wikipedia

February 17, 2010

(AP) -- Google Inc., the Internet's most profitable company, is giving $2 million to support Wikipedia, a volunteer-driven reference tool that has emerged as one of the Web's most-read sites.

Wikipedia to open first office outside US in India

October 29, 2010

Wikimedia, the owners of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, plans to open its first non-US office in India as it seeks to take advantage of the country's open Internet culture, the group told AFP Friday.

Annual Wikipedia fundraising hits new high

January 3, 2012

An annual Wikipedia fundraising campaign ended Tuesday with donors around the world pumping a record $20 million into the foundation that runs the free online knowledge repository.

Recommended for you

Microsoft describes hard-to-mimic authentication gesture

August 1, 2015

Photos. Messages. Bank account codes. And so much more—sit on a person's mobile device, and the question is, how to secure them without having to depend on lengthy password codes of letters and numbers. Vendors promoting ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.