Late June and early July can be tough on uptime. That was true last year, when the data center industry saw a series of major outages between June 29 and July 5. This year we've also seen a flurry of incidents, with recent downtime for Intuit, Amazon.com and Wikipedia. This morning the Gawker Media sites were down, though they're back now.
There are a variety of causes for these outages. But as the heat wave in the Northeast persists, many local utilities are experiencing rolling blackouts and brownouts, testing the readiness of backup power systems. Regular maintenance is critical to maintaining the reliability of your power and cooling infrastructure. Processor has some timely tips on ways to Keep Your Power & Cooling Up & Running.