Level 3 data centre melts in London sun

Servers overheated in the warm weather at a London data centre operated by hosting provider Level 3 on Sunday, causing a popular music website to be disrupted for four hours.

According to Level 3, one chiller unit malfunctioned causing the ambient temperature to rise. As temperatures outside reached 22˚C, five more chillers subsequently failed and the temperature inside the data centre rose to 50˚C. This in turn caused servers to malfunction.

A chart of the rising temperature within the data centre can be seen here.

Level 3 customer Last.fm, a popular music recommendation site, kept its customers up to date while its website was unavailable using the Twitter micro-blogging service. Its reactions to the outage can still be read here.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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