There's been quite a lot of toing and froing when it comes to Microsoft/Danger's huge, server-related boo-boo. While customers are sobbing, mourning the loss of all their data, folks are asking the same question over and over, "How did this even happen?"
Previous reports suggested that the good folks at Microsoft-owned Danger failed to back up user data before a SAN (Storage Area Network) upgrade. The company had Hitachi in to do the job for them and for some reason, no one at Danger backed anything up before Hitachi did the deed. Hiptop3 cites several sources that say something went wrong during the upgrade, everything was lost and there was no working backup to save the day. Today there's another, more sinister story doing the rounds: Someone at Danger did this on purpose. AppleInsider cites an anonymous source who says 'all signs point to sabotage.'
"Someone with access to the servers at the datacenter must have inserted a time bomb to wipe out not just all of the data, but also all of the backup tapes," said the source, adding, "Finally, I suspect, reformatting the server hard drives so that the service itself could not be restarted with a simple reboot (and to erase any traces of the time bomb itself)."
Now sabotage is a big jump to make. Sure, no IT professionals in their right mind would start any kind of server maintenance work without backing everything up first but accidents happen, right? Well AppleInsider's source seems to think that it's definitely plausible, explaining that this outage just didn't fit in with what ordinarily happens.
"If this was an ordinary sort of failure, the service would have come back within a day, so once again, all signs point to sabotage."
Man, I don't mean to rub it in, but Sidekick users must be getting more mad with each passing day.
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