Yes, you're not the only one having problems. Seems several people are asking about it on twitter #askforce cs7. The general advise from salesforce seems to be to contact support.
I did, and was told a higher R&D team is already investigating the problem.
The trust.salesforce.com status for cs7 has also been updated:
2:00 PM UTC: CS7 Performance Degradation
The salesforce.com Technology Team is working to isolate a performance degradation issue affecting Dashboard and Report refreshes on the CS7 instance. A small subset of customers may experience delays when using these features.
Please check the status of trust.salesforce.com frequently for updates regarding this issue.
But doesn't mention the metadata api (deploys/eclipse/..)
edit: We've received an update on the case, issues on CS7 instance should be resolved. The trust.salesforce status has also been updated:
Detail: The salesforce.com Technology Team has resolved the performance degradation issue affecting the MetaData API processes, including the Force.com Migration Toolkit on the CS7 instance. The problem began on November 30, 2012 at 12:45 UTC and was resolved by 18:00 UTC. During this time, a subset of customers may have experienced delays or errors while using these features. Thank you for your continued business and patience during this situation.
Root Cause: The problem was caused by a long running background database process which blocked access to specific database resources. This process was stopped and the requests dependent on these resources were able to resume normal processing.
Actions to Prevent Future Incidents:
The salesforce.com Technology Team -
- Has disabled the background process while we investigate its behavior
- Is investigating improvements to better manage resource utilization and prevent future occurrences from causing customer impact