Sealand Data Haven Badly Damaged By Fire

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SeaLand, the offshore digital data haven on a former World War II anti-aircraft military fortress in the North Sea, has been badly damaged by fire. The blaze started in a generator and caused significant damage (coverage here, here and here) and injuries to one employee. The colocation operation housed at Sealand was the focus of a cover story in Wired upon its launch in July 2000, but by 2003 former employees were reporting that HavenCo was in financial difficulty. Generator fires are always trouble, but obviously more problematic when your nearest fire engine is a tug boat.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.