I Googled “craziest data center outages.” The results did not disappoint.
These nut-cheeked, bushy-tailed rodents chew through cables like Willy Wonka’s Violet chews through gum. In 2011, Level 3 Communications attributed 17% of fiber cuts to “squirrel chews.”
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Bored hunters have been known to use fiber as target practice. A few years ago in Oregon, Google had to move its fiber underground because people kept shooting down their fiber insulators.
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3) Snowmageddon et al.
Spoiler alert: storms can be a big threat to poorly-planned data centers. In 2012, 80-mph storm winds knocked out Amazon’s power twice in one month, taking Pinterest, Instagram, and Netflix down with it.
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4) Poor anchor management
Undersea Internet cables are tough, but they’re not tougher than multi-ton anchors. In 2008, a ship’s anchor caused service issues in Dubai when it sliced through cables on the seafloor.
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In 2000, a junior data center tech decided to see what would happen if he pressed a big red button. The emergency power shutdown cost the Charlotte data center millions in lost revenue.
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So, how do you prepare for an outage?
- Use ServerCentral’s backup and recovery service.
- Eat a sandwich.