A massive HP data centre in Colorado Springs is in danger of being destroyed by a wildfire raging near by. The data centre, located alongside a HP laboratory and office on Rockrimmon Boulevard in Colorado Springs, is in the mandatory evacuation area (PDF) for the fire, although the fire hasn't reached that street yet. "The …
Thankfully it is well away from the RBS datacentre (by a couple of thousand miles)
This will make a great film.
Man starts wildfire
Data Centre evacuated
Man goes into data centre to steal
Employee fights man to death
Employee steals data goes to live in Mexico in the hope of finding Mr Big
Man extradited to USA and put to death
Why? ' you shouldnt have been a data sharer son' as they stick a needle in his arm.
Three weeks later they find he was innocent
Thank God, almost had to ask "Where's Waldo" ....
You telling me they built an HP datacenter under a tree in a parking lot??? Land must be really expensive in Colorado!
Re: Where's Waldo
It's f*cking WALLY!
"This is why we don't allow Firefox to be installed on company machines."
- Our clueless management
I know it's the reg and all...
...but all the comments above this one just seem random
A couple of Greek discontents torch just a Microsoft office, Mother Nature apparently has bigger fish to fry and goes for an entire HP site.
And the news spread like...errr...oh...it's El Reg
...spread like gossip, for as anyone knows, nothing travels faster.
(Kudos to Jim Henson and The Storyteller for that one)
"spread like gossip, for as anyone knows, nothing travels faster."
Bad news does.
GIves a whole new meaning to
Red screen of Death.
(insert flame icon here)
Form an Orderly Queue...
... for the main door.
Each employee should collect two HDDs from reception on the way out.
don't they pay people to check things first
when they build datacentres don't they pay people to look around for obvious hazards before they start construction?
Don't they check for earthquakes, volcanoes, ice storms, tornadoes, floods, insect plagues (ants in your vents isn't funny, nor are rodents munching cables) and somewhere on the list will be wildfires (the clue is, there's a lot of shrubbery outside).
Years ago, we had a nice man come from Lloyds' Insurance to tell us there was more risk of a car bomb wrecking the bottom floors of our tower block (early '90's London) than there was of a helicopter crashing in to the top (this was on to the approach to Battersea Heliport), so would we please move our servers from the ground floor to the top floor.
How hard can it be?
Re: don't they pay people to check things first
Yes, but then they say 'Okay, it's stupid, but it's cheaper here, so let's do it anyway'.
And then you end up with nuclear power stations on geological fault lines (Japan, USA).
Re: don't they pay people to check things first
Yeah, what a bunch of numpties, eh? Building a datacentre right next to a fire of all things. Sheesh.
The funny thing for this is that all 3 cities (Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs) have been threatened by fires. Boulder HP and Fort Collins HP happen to be on the far side of the cities from the fires.
This was a boundary condition. Most years, there would not have been much of a threat in the Springs. Even here, they are evacuating more for air quality then a threat to the physical facility.
They can now carry out a DR test
Hope they had solid plans in place..
OK, so HP find a nice site, with a good chance of a serious forest fire. They build a data centre there. Forest fire happens. Presumably data is, or will shortly be, destroyed.
Anyone else reminded of the accountancy practices of Megadodo Publications?
Pretty much any area has a chance of some type of natural disaster or terrorist / other risk and you have to balance those risk with the cost to build, ability to get (cheap) power, connectivity and staff to work there etc. A lot of the UK data centres are basically ex-office buildings not necessarily ideally located or as 'perfect' as they could be.
The area is dry (i.e. why fires are a risk) and high altitude - a DC in New York or London faces other but very real 'risks' as well.
looking at the aerial images, I'd say the building is reasonably well protected from forest fire, even if the fire came right up to the nearby houses. It looks like the designers have placed a fairly wide scrub type firebreak between the building and any inflammable materials (houses, trees etc). I'd say the building control folk would have demanded a wide firebreak all around the building and that seems to be the case.
Then also the surrounding areas are not heavily wooded, but more like low scrub bushes.
No danger here.
Maybe it's another one of the planets enemies going after the SGC.
Are they saying the fire will actually damage the building? If you have an area with plenty of free space - surely it's a good idea to build a concrete 'car park' 20-40m from the edge of the building all around the data centre as a fire break - at least the data centre itself would be safe?
Both Verizon and Verizon Wireless had buildings evacuated.
Our data is all in the cloud!
Cloud of smoke, that is.