Crash wreaks power havoc, Micron21 remains online.
On the 18th of October 2016, at about 10:00AEST, a truck collided with a power pole in Kilsyth South, outer Melbourne. The entire district was thrown into chaos with a 12km radius of power outages.
The Micron21 Tier 4 Data Centre and Micron21 temporary offices were two of the premises located in the extended fault location. We were one of the only sites to continue operating for the full duration of the incident without interruption.
For the last few months the offices located at our primary data centre facility have been under renovation, so our temporary offices are not protected by world class power supply systems. The only available backup for the staff was back up batteries.
After confirming with AusNet that the outage would continue for at least several hours longer, and potentially well into the late evening, our on-site technicians turned their attention to our data centre's renovated offices as a disaster recovery site.
A powerhouse facility with constant connectivity.
Members of the Micron21 team orchestrate the disaster recovery site on the morning of October 18.
Throughout the day, our engineers continued to closely monitor the health status of the facility's UPS (uninterruptible power supply), fuel throughput, generator levels, and power feeds for each rack in the building.
Additionally, we ensured that all automatic refrigeration and cooling appliances remained in operation throughout.
Maintaining service without mains power.
The result was no less than expected.
The Micron21 Tier 4 Data Centre operated without mains power for just over eight hours, before switching from generator power back to mains without incident or interruption.
It's not often we get the opportunity to explicitly highlight the complete autonomy of our tier 4 data centre infrastructure.
This localised power interruption offered an excellent live test of our fully redundant, world class power and cooling systems.