Power Surge KOs Washington State Data Center

A power surge crashed the state’ of Washington’s s primary data center in Olympia last month, according to local media reports. The Aug. 21 outage occurred as a new high-voltage power line was being added to expand the power capacity of the office campus. Read More

Power Outage at Colo4 Data Center

Colocation provider Colo4 experienced a power outage at one of its Dallas data centers Wednesday night after an automatic transfer switch failed on one of the facility’s utility feeds. The incident resulted in approximately six hours of downtime for affected customers. Read More

Dublin Utility: Power Outage Not Caused by Lightning Strike

The local power company in Dublin, Ireland now says a lighting strike was not the cause of the utility power outage that triggered downtime for major data centers operated by Amazon and Microsoft. The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) said the cause of the outage remained under investigation, but it had now ruled out lightning. Read More

Lightning vs. Data Centers

Lightning has figured in several data center power incidents. But there are steps you can take to prepare (Source: NOAA).

The outages for Amazon and Microsoft in Dublin represent one of the most serious downtime incidents tied to lightning strikes. Although data centers routinely ride out thunderstorms and utility outages without incident, lightning strikes have figured in a number of past outages. Here’s a review, and links that can help prepare your facility for lightning storms. Read More

Aberdeen Research: Quantifying Downtime

With limited budgets and so many initiatives how do you request money for disaster recovery? You will find an answer in this Aberdeen Research entitled “Data center Downtime, How Much Does It Really Cost?,” which is enlightening in several respects. Read More

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