Tuesday data center tidbits: “random” Amazon data center failures and more

I’ve just been reading an article an article about whether the recent data center power failures of Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service are really “random”. Yes, it’s true that every data center, no matter how good, can have service affecting failures. However, there’s a difference between having a bolt of lightning comes down, knock out the commercial power, and fry your generator at the same time, vs have a transfer switch fail because nobody bothered to verify the configuration of it when it was put in. Rank carelessness is rank carelessness and you can’t excuse it by noting other providers have problems too.

Today’s “duh” comment of the day from a piece about data center cooling:

“It actually takes more energy to make the air 55 degrees than it does to make it 65 degrees.”

Um, if you didn’t know that it takes more energy to cool the air more, run, don’t walk, to the nearest co-location provider and hand your servers over to someone who knows what they’re doing.

Email or call me or visit the SwiftWater Telecom web site for cloud computing services.


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