Datacentre disaster lessons

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?

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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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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.

Suzanne Tindal

About Suzanne Tindal

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 the site.

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  • Data Centre Managers

    Capacity is one thing but in these cases it was systems not tested. It comes down to the data centre facility managers to be managing capacity and testing. Macquarie Telecom was offline due to a cooling system failure due to water to the building being cut off. Where are there alerting systems to know water levels were critical?
    anonymous