One more thing to watch out for at data centers - fire drills

Suresh Ramasubramanian ops.lists at
Sat Sep 17 12:39:31 UTC 2016

Releasing inert gas from fire suppression units that were over pressurized resulted in an extremely loud noise – causing cabinets full of hard drives to vibrate – which got transmitted to the read – write heads of the drives.

Amazing sort of outage + data loss, and this time the physical security plant chief gets to write up the RCA.


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