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Giant Bomb Lives Again

Robot army pushed back, mankind prevails.

Around 1AM PDT on Thursday, our network of sites went down due to a large failure at the Northern Virginia data center of Amazon, where its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) product is held. Being a pretty popular provider of cloud-based storage, the shutdown also took down several other high-profile websites, including Reddit, Foursquare, and Quora.

Although it would be easy to directly pass the buck onto Amazon for our downtime, we've been extremely happy with them over the years and realize things like this happen from time to time. The Whiskey Media "Top Men" take pride in our architecture and our ability to provide a stable environment for you to goof off with on the Internet.

That said, downtime is downtime, and many of you are paying us for premium access. To make amends we're extending all paid accounts three extra days to make up for the downtime. There's nothing you need to do, you'll just get billed three days later than normal. We can now confidently say that through this act Whiskey Media is the next World of Warcraft killer. Take notice, Blizzard.

As a behind-the-scenes aside, know that we have pretty reliable backup systems for your data. Not only do we keep live slave databases available but also do nightly backups of all the sites, just in case anything extremely bad ever happens. Point being, we've got enough replication to get back up and running fairly quickly in case of an emergency.

Now if this was a SkyNet thing... well, come find us at Coit Tower, and let the resistance begin. Thank you all for your support during the time off. The Whiskey Media community really shined the past couple of days. Our tech team learned a lot from this outage and we'll likely be doing a more in depth breakdown of just exactly what happened on the Whiskey Media blog later this week.


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Posted by snide

Around 1AM PDT on Thursday, our network of sites went down due to a large failure at the Northern Virginia data center of Amazon, where its Elastic Block Storage (EBS) product is held. Being a pretty popular provider of cloud-based storage, the shutdown also took down several other high-profile websites, including Reddit, Foursquare, and Quora.

Although it would be easy to directly pass the buck onto Amazon for our downtime, we've been extremely happy with them over the years and realize things like this happen from time to time. The Whiskey Media "Top Men" take pride in our architecture and our ability to provide a stable environment for you to goof off with on the Internet.

That said, downtime is downtime, and many of you are paying us for premium access. To make amends we're extending all paid accounts three extra days to make up for the downtime. There's nothing you need to do, you'll just get billed three days later than normal. We can now confidently say that through this act Whiskey Media is the next World of Warcraft killer. Take notice, Blizzard.

As a behind-the-scenes aside, know that we have pretty reliable backup systems for your data. Not only do we keep live slave databases available but also do nightly backups of all the sites, just in case anything extremely bad ever happens. Point being, we've got enough replication to get back up and running fairly quickly in case of an emergency.

Now if this was a SkyNet thing... well, come find us at Coit Tower, and let the resistance begin. Thank you all for your support during the time off. The Whiskey Media community really shined the past couple of days. Our tech team learned a lot from this outage and we'll likely be doing a more in depth breakdown of just exactly what happened on the Whiskey Media blog later this week.


 
Posted by Nelander

its working

Edited by DanK_

YESSS

We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on - we're going to survive. Today we celebrate our... Whiskey Media Day?!

Edited by PKHilson
I LOVE GIANT BOMB!!
Posted by EquitasInvictus

It's great to see this place back.

Posted by paulunga

Holy fuck, finally!

Online
Posted by giant_frying_pan

Let there be light!    

Edited by loungemonkey

Glad to have it back.

And big props to you Dave for taking all those calls.

Posted by Fuzzled

Yay, welcome back!

Edited by XxDARTHxX

Glad to have you back. We missed you.

Posted by Marz

I like how this headline just gave me 404 errors after awhile.

Posted by sdornan

Yay!

Posted by Daveyo520

:DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Yay!

Posted by RoyCampbell

IIIIIIIIIITTTTT'SSS ALIIIIIIIIIVEEE

Posted by Rawrnosaurous

Duders, I have missed you guys something awful I was holed up with Jelly Belly and Dr. Pepper rations awaiting the inevitable machine horde.

Posted by Sbaitso

And we are back!


Online
Edited by MaFoLu

We should make a new GB Community Song about this horrible, but still kinda awesome, event!

Then we should broadcast it around the world on Hardcore Resistance Radio, the officially official Whiskey Media radio channel, with your favorite host:
Dave Snider! 
Pushing back the robots since about three days ago.
Posted by Kyreo

Our robot enemies have failed!

Posted by DemiGodRaven

Yay

Posted by Gerhabio

Finally, I was dying... DYING.

Posted by SaucyJack

Welcome back Game Bo.... I mean Giant Bomb

Posted by kimvidard

well done guys, top notch service during the down time, I'm almost thinking we should have outages more often, get some Snide action again !

Posted by StoicM

So no more Whiskey Media Radio with Dave Snider?

Posted by kollay

I'm out of ammo.

Posted by Vinny_Says

was there for the whole thing, best weekend off work ever! (the radio part not the site going down)

Posted by Swordfish9

They only gone into repair mode, time to rearm and resupply your ammo and provisions!

Posted by artofwar420

My heart belong to GAME BOMB DOT RU!

Posted by Dagbiker

Human kind wins again.

Posted by FlipperDesert

I missed this site so much.

Posted by Zamir

so does this make Dave John Connor in this scenario he defeated SkyNet, loi

Posted by spiralsin

Outstanding! The outage just made me appreciate this site even more. Good to have Giant Bomb back!

Posted by SharkMan

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Posted by DougQuaid

Dave you are a fucking prince for doing the RealTalk call-ins these past couple of days. Good on you!


  
Posted by Evilsbane

From the ashes a new era begins!

Posted by Deusx

Thanks for the livestream yesterday guys shit was so cash. :D

Posted by Luck3ySe7en

Lincoln > Robots.

Posted by FritzDude


Posted by Rudeboy217

Dave, the site is up!

Posted by crusader8463

Feels so good to have the site back up. I never realized how much of my day I spent wasting time typing up stuff on this site. Now to get back to re-watching the Endurance Run!    

Posted by shadyspace

Fuck yeah, mankind!

Posted by FLStyle

Well done Andy, great work.

Shout-out to GB's epic streams while it's been down.

Posted by The_son_of_X51

And from the ashes, whiskey media rises once more!

Posted by scarace360

I almost  died  when i couldnt  get  on giantbomb

Edited by Crono

The people of California should have never elected Arnie. He couldn't stop Skynet and look at what happened to Giant Bomb...

...either that, or the new guy is a saboteur.

Posted by Rxanadu

Thank goodness the site's back again.  Perfect timing, too, since I wanted to ask a few people here if PSN is working now in the US.  I got my inFAMOUS 2 UGC code a while back, and I'm dying to use it.

Posted by NaffyDuck

I think Whiskey need to change from Amazon to Zojirushi hosting. Not only would it be better, it would keep the sites warm (or cold).

Posted by Froghourt

Thank god, now I can get away from that nasty "sun" thing every one keeps talking about!

Posted by Treythalomew

This downtime has proven that Dave needs be have his own show or something. Perhaps a biweekyl show where he has one WM guest and does call-ins or something.

Posted by Deusx
@artofwar420:  Dude what is that?!!!