We will keep you informed as we receive information. Hopefully this will be a short-lived outage (*crosses fingers*). It's extremely rare that the network goes down, but it does happen.
Update 4:28pm: Still no further word, but we're monitoring the situation and have requested an update from the NOC.
Update 5:02pm: This from the data center (which admittedly doesn't tell us much at all):
"All hands are on deck working to fix this problem. We will share all details when the engineers emerge. Thanks for your patience."
Update 5:35pm: Annnnd we're back UP! Thank you again for your patience. Had been anything we could have done to speed up the fixing we would have.
Yesssssss, thank you, Internetz!
Update 6:24pm: I spoke too soon. The NOC engineers are working to fix the problem. During this time services will be on and off (up and down).
From the data center:
"Reserve troops are heading into our managed services team HQ so we can answer your questions as soon as normal communication is restored."
All communication into the data center is down (their website, ticket system, phone lines, etc), and I'm sure they're doing the best they can, and will update us as to what's going on as soon as possible. Preferably after they've fixed the issue.
Update 8:31pm: The servers as well as all services are back up. This time the data center's own website is back up also, which is a very good sign (it's been down for the past 5 hours). Hopefully all services will STAY up this time.
This was an extremely unusual event, as I've said before; something very catastrophic must have occurred. As soon as we know what happened, we'll certainly pass it along, if for no other reason than to satisfy all of our curiosity. And again, we do apologize for this disruption.