Power Capacity Issues at DreamHost

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Fast-growing Los Angeles hosting company DreamHost will relocate a cluster of servers to its LAX data center tonight due to “space and power constraints” at its downtown site in the Garland Building (1200 W. 7th). The move, which was announced last week, follows two emergency server moves earlier this week. DreamHost has informed customers that all web servers, mail servers and MySQL servers in the affected cluster will be out of service for about five hours overnight. DreamHost took some sites offline briefly last month, explaining that “one of our datacenters is requiring us to switch 4 of our circuits from one power feed to another.”

The Garland Building suffered extended downtime last summer when backup equipment failed during several grid outages, including one outage that knocked MySpace off the web.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.