Data Centers

Every network administrator's dream: Blow up your data center


Some days you just have had enough. There's nothing you want to do more than just light a couple of sticks of dynamite, toss them in the server room, and go home for the day.

Turns out HP has already done that. Kind of. As part of a promotional campaign to show the reliability of HP Procurve networking solutions, HP created a little video where they blow up a data center.

Once you forget the fact that it's purely a marketing piece, right down to the fish that miraculously survives a natural gas explosion, it's actually a pretty cool sight to behold. Naturally, the one data center explodes and all of the fail-over devices work flawlessly.

Unfortunately, TechRepublic doesn't have any spare HP servers lying around to try to duplicate the results. The disclaimer at the end says you shouldn't try it at home anyway.

As long as I'm putting in a plug for an HP disaster recovery solution, I might as well mention that TechRepublic also has a Disaster Recovery Pack available for sale in the TechRepublic Store and as part of a TechRepublic Pro membership. It's not quite as visually appealing as watching a data center explode, but it can help prepare you for disaster if and when it strikes!

6 comments
faradhi
faradhi

You got to love the labels for the "Big Red Valve" and the Goldfish's names. That was hilarious. Not informative in any meaningful way but hilarious. "Ok guys lets do this!" LOL :D Edited because TR changed the comment feature so that you cannot customize the subject. Nice upgrade :(

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

Well I couldn't get the HP player to play.This tells me that everything from HP computers to the HP site has been hit by torpedoes from Baghdad.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

That was awesome. Every Network Admins dream @ the end of the day and the fish failover of 294 seconds........priceless. This had me in stiches.......great commercial

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Different Goldfish right? :D But maybe it's just me being stupid but what did they use to confine the gas in to make the explosion? In an open environment like that all that should have happened was that when ignited the gas would produce a flame from the outlet not an explosion. :0 However having said that here one of the Insurance Companies is touting that they offer such a great service that they can have the main Sport that they Sponsor Football Team come in and work the IT section without a problem. One of the footballers is told to reboot a server so he walks directly to the server rack and proceeds to kick the SHITE out of a couple of servers. In this case they are empty cases but it's something that I've been tempted to do on more than one occasion with the real thing. :^0 Col ]:)

OldER Mycroft
OldER Mycroft

That removed the tip of my left index finger, with alarming surgical expertise! Oh yes, I could do that soooo easily.

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