North American Network Operators Group

Date Prev | Date Next | Date Index | Thread Index | Author Index | Historical

Re: 365 Main - an operators' nightmare?

  • From: Warren Kumari
  • Date: Wed Jul 25 17:56:27 2007


"So I'm working at this place that is really cheap... Our CTO believes that it is stupid to pay for electricians that have experience working in datacenters, because after all, power is power, right?

So, he calls a bunch of people in the Yellow Pages and hires the cheapest guy he can find. Said person arrives and looks a little goggle eyed at all the power stuff -- I wander back in a few hours later and he is sitting in the middle of the floor reading the Users Manual for the UPS..

Anyway, he manages to run the three new circuits for us without killing himself (although for some reason keeps switching the UPS between online and bypass), and then starts walking out the door... He stops at the door, looks at the big red glowing switch marked "Emergency Power Off" -- and then pushes it..... Everything goes quiet, apart from Rob got startled and dropped the shelf he was mounting onto his foot.

After we got things turned back on we ask the electrician what exactly he was thinking... "Well, I figured the light was on because you were running on Emergency Power..."


I believe this happened to an Internap facility in Seattle a couple of years ago:

I was told it happened in our colo facility about a month before we
moved in. Some unfortunate remodeling of previous data center space had
left an EPO switch in a janitor's closet. The maid knocked loose the
protective covering, which of course made an alarm start
she hit the EPO to stop the noise. Thankfully, the switch has been since

Anyhow, any story involving an EPO at 365 Main seems plausible...


-----Original Message-----
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On Behalf Of
Jim Popovitch
Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 8:59 PM
To: Rusty Hodge
Cc: [email protected] Edu
Subject: Re: 365 Main - an operators' nightmare?

On Tue, 2007-07-24 at 19:26 -0700, Rusty Hodge wrote:
Think that's good? It gets better....

That article states that only Colo 4 was affected.

I'm in Colo 7 and it was affected as well.

You're not seriously believing the disgruntled employee story are you?

No. ;-) But it is otherwise believable. I've seen people hit big-red-buttons in disbelief before, doing so in anger seems very plausible.

-Jim p.


It's a mistake trying to cheer up camels. You might as well drop meringues into a black hole. -- Terry Prachett