Did you guys see this post by Yuri ???
Sounds like we are in danger of losing an extremely valuable resource...
I use that site all the time...
Postby steam4me on Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:13 am
BrianB wrote:I have noticed that when Railpage 'goes down' it takes S4M with it, as they seem to be on the same server - and it used to take CTN out with it as well, although I believe that is now on a different server.
The other thing (but I can't verify it) is I think the Railpage/S4M/CTN servers must be located in a 'business' office somewhere that is not attended over the weekend - over the past X years - SNIP - but when it is free, you take whatever service the operator is willing to give you.
The steam4me site has been on a different (commercial) server to the rest of RP for a few years (since 09/2007). The last outage of note was Oct 2009 when the site was moved to its own (brand new and fast) server due to the bandwidth demand. ISTR s4me was down for a couple of days, CTN, VR, Locopage were down for a couple of weeks. Prior to that, the site had very few outages and since then none until last week.
The server racks are located in a large, secure multi-storey Telstra facility in Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (http://tinyurl.com/ya6z3te). After-hours access has always been an issue.
It would appear that this outage is MUCH more serious as it has taken down the whole of Railpage - even my site which should be insulated from "normal" fallover issues. The host's site, http://www.omni.com.au, is down as well and emails to the CEO at omni.com.au bounced back with the ominous message "Domain <omni.com.au> does not exist (in reply to RCPT TO command)".
In addition, the DNS entries for these 2 sites (omni and railpage) have gone missing.
I've also tried to contact two of the original RP coders, but their I have only their PM addresses which are dead in the water.
Emails sent to digitalriver.com.au (the ultimate owner of these sites) and to their support desk have gone unanswered. RP moderators who have rung DR are told that someone will get back to them, but no-one has. One moderator tells me that Brian Evans, CEO, is on leave and has "out of office" contact settings.
The steam4me site uses about 600-1,000G of bandwidth per month: I can't find any hosting that offers anywhere near that volume without significant cost that could never be recouped by pop-up ads or subscription (just ask Mike Simpson how MSTS users love to contribute donations<g!>) .
I will post when I have anything further to report.