Video: Data Center Floods in Istanbul

On Sept. 9, torrential rains in Istanbul,Turkey flooded much of the city’s Ikitelli section. Among the buildings flooded by the rising waters was a Vodafone data center (see news mentions at Total Telecom and a Turkish news site). The event was captured on the data center’s security cameras, and the video has been posted online. The video begins with a view from the security area, where a shallow layer of water is quickly transformed into a flood that levels furniture. At about the 6:15 mark the view shifts to the raised floor area, which soon takes on water as well. This video runs about 8 minutes.

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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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  1. Chris

    Well.. at least the power stayed on.

  2. sarbjit

    This data center is a stupid design. Why the hell is the data center at the ground level. i have seen a data center at the ground level. Damn !!!

  3. S. F.

    @sarbjit: MOST data centers are built at ground level, world-wide. With rain falling that fast, flood waters breaching levees, and hurricane-force winds, the LAST thing you want is a data center built on a hillside (threat of mudslides), on the Nth floor, for N > 1, (the building will collapse as its foundation floods out from underneath it), etc. The safest place for a data center, literally, is in a hermetically sealed geodesic dome. (1) They can be made to float if the foundation erodes from underneath them (as hurricane survivors who lived in domes can attest), (2) They can be made strong enough to withstand 300+ MPH winds (as these same survivors can attest), and (3) They are substantially more energy efficient (cheaper to cool), and (4) with a floating foundation, are also earthquake proof.

  4. conureman

    Tragic. If it wasn't real it would be pretty hilarious though. I think that a little geographic research might have prevented this.

  5. asurin

    To the security guys, as an IT tech let me say... How about moving things to higher ground when it starts flooding, not after the PCs have toppled into the water.