Best Label Ever for an EPO Button

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Stories abound of service outages related to the Emergency Power Off (EPO) button, sometimes known simply as The Big Red Button. Like last year, when a disgruntled sysadmin nearly dropped the California power grid by punching the button. Richard Sawyer of EYP Mission Critical Facilities has a presentation about ways to reduce accidents with the EPO button, which usually happen because it’s too accessible. “Put an alarm on the cover,” said Sawyer. “You need to make them stop and ask themselves: do I really like my job? Is this a good career move?”

In that context, we present an EPO button recently encountered by Bob Plankers at The Lone Sysadmin, which strikes me as the best label ever for an EPO button.

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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.