Data Center Power Failure Fells Aussie ISPs

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A power outage at a Primus data center in Melbourne is being blamed for yesterday’s  Internet connectivity problems in Australia. Local media reports indicate that Primus’ primary generator at its data center at 55 King Street failed to start properly after a utility outage. The outage caused loss of service for ISP customers including Westnet, iiNet, Netspace, Internode and TPG.

A manging director at Internode told TechWorldthat the Primus facility was operating on a single generator. Not that you need one, but another clear case of the importance of redundancy in power infrastructure.

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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.

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