When Servers Explode

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We’re not sure who was the first person to intentionally blow up a server. But plenty of others have followed in their footsteps, including the folks at GoGrid, who recently blew up a pile of servers to draw attention to the merits of cloud computing. Here at Data Center Knowledge, we always seek to place these type of developments in context, examining  the associated history and broader trends. In that spirit, we bring you the Gallery of Exploding Servers, a visual guide to the sometimes incendiary relationship between man and machine. For those of you with weaker constitutions, there’s always the guide to Flying and Crashing Servers as a fallback.

About the Author

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.

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  1. I have a customer that was decommissioning several HP Optical Jukeboxes. After years of dealing with issues related to these boxes, I recommended they take their aggression out with a 12lb maul. I have video of these acts...many are hilarious...watching guys that type for a living try to swing a heavy hammer is priceless. I will say the 2 highlights are: 1. the director of engineering THROWING the maul 35 feet and landing a perfect hit; and 2. Someone ramming a Jukebox with their Jeep. I will post the video's if I can find them. Ken