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Fire at Samsung Data Center building in South Korea causes website to go down

Samsung’s website went down for more than 6 hours and now came online, just 30 minutes before writing this post. The cause for the downtime is said to be the fire incident caused at a Samsung Data Center in Gwacheon, South Korea.

Fire at Samsung SDS in South Korea

Fire at Samsung SDS in South Korea

Due to the website downtime, many users of Samsung’s products such as smartphones, tablets and Smart TVs saw error messages popping on their gadgets. The site downtime was reportedly affected globally.

Twitter users updated the fire incident at Samsung SDS building with pictures of the incident. You could see some of those pictures posted below.

Wikitree, a community news website reported the incident, where it said that around 12:20 pm on Sunday, fire erupted on fourth floor of the Samsung SDS center building in Gwacheon that serves as a backup data center. Samsung’s main data center is located in Suwon.

Meanwhile, Samsung hasn’t released any official statement about the incident and the website downtime. Stay tuned for more updates on this story. You could also follow inagist’s story line for more updates on this incident.

Update:

Samsung has confirmed about the incident in official SDS blog and said that, the Gwacheon SDS’ servers stopped working to minimize data loss, if any. The downtime will affect Samsung Card website (Korean), where it posted the note about the incident. Internet queries as well as Internet payment service has been limited in South Korea.

Pictures of the incident, posted on social media:

 

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