On Fri, Jun 02, 2000 at 01:51:47PM +0100, Colm Buckley wrote:
>> >> There was a massive power problem at Indigo yesterday, which caused a
> >> service interruption for most systems in the Internet house colocation
> >> facility (including the ILUG server). Seems okay now, though.
>> > Really? For a colocation facility, you would've thought they'd've had
> > generators and the like?
>> They do - I've seen them. Roomsful of batteries, too. Apparently,
> there was a rather embarassing "one-in-a-million" failure with one of
> the phases of the power backup system
These "one-in-a-million" failures happen rather more frequently than one
would like. In 5 years working at the European Space Operations Centre in
Darmstadt, Germany, we never once had a public power outage (and in the same
period, I had one public power outage at home, which was notified to us a
few days in advance. In 9 months back in Dublin, I've been without E.S.B.
power at home for several hours at a time at least twice :-( ) but because
we needed as close to 100% uptime as you can get, we had standby power and
we had tests of the standby power system twice a year - these caused power
outages on my servers several times. Talk about the cure being worse than
the disease . .
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