“Everything is saved,” he said.
According to Boam, company founder and owner Alex Pomposelli has been out of touch for the past few days.
“I haven’t heard from Alex in days,” he said. “He’s not paying servers, people are dropping right and left from us.”
Clients could not connect with him either, until earlier today, when Pomposelli finally began responding.
“Alex was hacked, all accounts changed,” said Boam. “I’m working my ass off to recover and save everything now.”
Customers who would like to switch away from Avi-Labs should contact him directly at [email protected], he added. Boam can also run the hosting for personally for grid customers who would like him to do that.
“In the mean time, I’ll backup all the servers and grids I can and let the owners know they can safely switch without loosing anything,” he added.
Pomposelli has a long history of shutting down operations suddenly, without notice, and leaving customers hanging. He’s been able to offer a consistent level of service for the past few months — until now.
Boam did, however, post an update on his Facebook feed half an hour ago and on Google Plus.
Pomposelli did not respond to my request for comment.
Customers are furious.
“We have region servers down and more to come,” a spokesperson for the Baller Nation grid told Hypergrid Business. “Baller Nation is closing down not to any fault of our own. We trusted Avi-Labs and they have ruined our grid as well as our reputations. We put our faith into Avi-Labs as well as Alex Pomposelli and even defended him in your forum and unfortunately people were correct about him and his reputation of not being a good business person. We have no idea what the future of Baller Nation is at the moment, we are still trying to absorb all of what is happening, as well as refunding our sim owners.”
Grids and grid hosting companies do sometimes have expected outages, and sometimes there is nothing that the owners can do. But what the owners should definitely be doing is communicating with their customers, letting them know what is going on, and offering a prognosis as soon as one is available.
Up-to-date backups are also critical, and it remains to be seen whether all the data on Avi-Labs servers can be restored.
In this particular case, there was no news at all until a customer contacted me, and I tried to reach Pomposelli and Boam — though Boam, at least, responded promptly and immediately began communicating appropriately through various channels.
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