Datacentre disaster lessons

Summary:As a system administrator, the health and status of your datacentre is at the forefront of your mind. But how often do you think about the needs beyond server status and bandwidth?

As a system administrator, the health and status of your datacentre is at the forefront of your mind. But how often do you think about the needs beyond server status and bandwidth?

In this episode of Patch Monday, we examine what happens when the ability of generators or the status of air conditioners fall by the wayside.

First up, we look at the TransGrid outage that caused Sydney-based Equinix to have a datacentre outage, yet other Sydney-based datacentres remained unaffected.

This is followed up by the horror story of a Queensland Health datacentre, which started with an electricity brown-out and cascaded until 75 per cent of applications were down due to an air-conditioning failure.

What's your worst datacentre experience? Let us know below in the talkback.

Topics: Outage, Data Centers, Government, Government : AU, Health

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Suzanne Tindal cut her teeth at ZDNet.com.au as the site's telecommunications reporter, a role that saw her break some of the biggest stories associated with the National Broadband Network process. She then turned her attention to all matters in government and corporate ICT circles. Now she's taking on the whole gamut as news editor for t... Full Bio

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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