Datagram, the NY ISP that hosts locally based media sites BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Gawker and other sites, lost power during Hurricane Sandy. Located in Lower Manhattan, their basement was flooded with five feet of water as a result of the mega-storm.
Gawker and other sites found alternatives. Founder Nick Denton urged his staff to post on Facebook and Twitter and at a backup site called updates.gawker.com (where many of their posts are still being made, as the main Gawker site is still down). Buzzfeed posted on Tumblr and The Huffington Post redirected traffic to a backup site as well.
Scott Kidder, Gawker’s operations director, said they plan on opening a second data center in 2013.