Cigarettes - Fires In The Data Center!
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The first and most destructive fire occurred in the Ukraine in 2010 where burned largest data center. In the evening of March 27 in Odessa in the data center of the biggest hosting provider Hosting started a fire. The Hosting is one of the largest and best-known web hosting providers. Company reported that in this data center were installed one of the best and the most modern fire-extinguishing systems, but for some reason they didn't work.

The company employees reported that they received the fire signals from the sensors, so, the part of the warning system worked, but the fire extinguishing not. Obviously, that in the hosting data-center can't be applied water in extinguishing systems, but firefighters which arrived on the scene, simply had no other options for fire fighting except of special foam and water. As a result, data servers suffered from fire, and water. In addition, during the fire extinguishing were knocked out all the windows in the building.

The exact extent of the damage is still unknown. Not worked, tens of thousands of sites hosted on servers of this company. In addition to direct customers of Hosting were affected the customers of smaller providers whose servers were located in the hosting data center.

According to unofficial information, the fire extinguishing system didn't work, not because of technical problems, but because they were manually disabled. They were often switched on and company employees simply turned them off. The police expects that the systems were disabled manually because company workers often smoked near the fire-extinguishing systems so they were often switched on.

Smoking workers were fined and were forbidden to buy cigarettes during working hours even cheap cigarettes online in office, because this leads to more frequent smoking on the workplace or outside, which worsens working capacity and leads to new risks of fire.

The second fire occurred in a data center of a large American hosting center "The CigaretteMall" where because of fire had been disabled over 9000 servers which served worldwide hundreds of thousands of databases, electronic mail systems and websites.

A major U.S. hoster "The Planet" reported about fire in its data center, located in Texas. According to the company, the fire was caused by a shortcut circuit in the company's control room, then the flames spread to a few walls, partition walls and equipment. As a result of fire, according to preliminary data, the server hardware have not been harmed and customers data have not been lost, but the company remained de-energized for at least a few days.

"First investigations indicate that a short circuit was caused by overloading of the electric current in the network". The company indemnified the damages to all affected customers in accordance with the terms stipulated in the agreement.


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