U. of Penn Data Center Overheats
As data centers get warmer, the environment gets less forgiving. That lesson was learned the hard way at the University of Pennsylvania, which on Tuesday had to shut off the IT systems supporting the school’s financial, research and student services.
The University Data Center experienced “an excessive heat condition” on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian. The incident occurred when one of the two glycol pumps supporting the Data Center was accidentally switched from automatic to manual during an equipment replacement, resulted in overheating.
PhilPosted January 21st, 2010
looks like the unemployment rate just went up just a little bit more.
[...] } First up today is the story about the University of Pennsylvania overheating its data center due to human error. What can we all take away from this fiasco? Don’t mess with equipment that you don’t [...]
JonPosted January 26th, 2010
Did these folks not have temperature monitoring in place to alert them of increasing temperatures? Couldn’t they have just turned the pump back on. Sounds like a lack of communication as well. I hope everything is good now.