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A Loud Sound Just Shut Down a Bank's Data Center for 10 Hours | Motherboard
The purpose of the drill was to see how the data center's fire suppression system worked. Data centers typically rely on inert gas to protect the equipment in the event of a fire, as the substance does not chemically damage electronics, and the gas only slightly decreases the temperature within the data center.

The gas is stored in cylinders, and is released at high velocity out of nozzles uniformly spread across the data center. According to people familiar with the system, the pressure at ING Bank's data center was higher than expected, and produced a loud sound when rapidly expelled through tiny holes (think about the noise a steam engine releases). The bank monitored the sound and it was very loud, a source familiar with the system told us. “It was as high as their equipment could monitor, over 130dB”.

Sound means vibration, and this is what damaged the hard drives. The HDD cases started to vibrate, and the vibration was transmitted to the read/write heads, causing them to go off the data tracks. “The inert gas deployment procedure has severely and surprisingly affected several servers and our storage equipment,” ING said in a press release.
ing  hardware  outages  hard-drives  fire  fire-suppression  vibration  data-centers  storage 
september 2016 by jm
No Time To Spare [infographic]
'On August 2, 2005, a fully-loaded Air France Airbus A340 arriving from Paris crash-landed at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and caught fire. Only 4 of the 8 exits were usable, yet all 309 people on board made it off the aircraft in two minutes, before it was consumed by flames. Here, five of the passengers recount their escape.'
infographics  travel  air  accidents  fire  airbus  safety  escape  a340 
july 2013 by jm

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