A fire that erupted at Samsung's SDS facility in Gwacheon, South Korea—an IT service affiliate of Samsung Group that manages data storage servers for the group's companies—not only caused massive damage, but also crippled service to Samsung smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs for several hours.
If you remember back in August, Delta Airlines had a major data center outage. In the end this cost them about $150 million, according to a Delta representative (Isidore, 2016). The large deficiency was mainly attributed to the loss of passenger revenue, although full financial repercussions are yet to be known.
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Data center designs have become a playground for creative problem solvers and new products. The areas of information technology, electrical power, and equipment cooling—The Big Three—seem to be reinvented every five years. This constant reimagining of the data center is driven by the need for a larger capacity to serve software and data demands as consistently as possible with zero downtime.
Headlines August 8, 2016: Travel nightmare for fliers after power outage grounds Delta
Headlines August 9, 2016: Delta's Big Headache - Day 2
On August 8, Delta Air Lines grounded all flights nationwide–domestic and international–due to a power failure at its Atlanta data center. According to Ars Technica the outage appears to have been caused by a fire. While the outage only lasted six hours, over 1000 flights were cancelled, leaving over 250,000 people stranded in airports.