Irish hosting company Hosting365 went dark this morning at around 10:30am according to reports I am receiving. The last time this occurred was last July when there was a fire in a nearby ESB substation if memory serves.
I contacted Hosting365’s Marketing Director, Ed Byrne, about this incident and Ed informed me that:
We are back now. I need to get a full report but we did have a serious issue while electrical engineers we working on the UPS. Human error, incredibly annoying. Will tell all openly when I know.
As I write this, Hosting365’s main site is still offline and not answering pings.
UPDATE – Ed contacted me again to say that he is updating the blog on hosting365status.com with info as he gets it.
[Disclosure – I am a director of CIX – a company building a data centre in Cork]
I was curious to know what the visibility would be like for our mast’s customers (we will be renting out space on the mast) so yesterday when we had a cherry picker onsite I had the driver lift me 10 metres and I took some photos.
I posted the photos on the mast’s page but, for example, looking East-South-East from 10m above the mast’s site you can see the former IFI plant on Great Island (8 miles as the crow flies)!:
Remember these photos were taken from a height of 10m and the mast, when erected later this month, will be a full 24m!
I honestly don’t know if this is possible or if it has been done anywhere but our aim in CIX is to try to build a carbon neutral data centre.
Carbon neutral means that the data centre doesn’t create greenhouse gases and add to the climate change problems the planet is experiencing.
Data centres are notorious for requiring vast amounts of electricity and as we are based in a nuclear-free country, it is difficult to use lots of electricity without producing significant quantities of CO2.
We have a strategy document on how we can achieve this but to get there we need other partners to buy into the idea.
How revolutionary do you think this idea is? Would you put your racks/servers into a carbon neutral data centre over and above a carbon producing one?