The haunted data center: Why data center cleaning standards are crucial for efficiency by Wendy Schuchart
In honor of Halloween, here’s a true tale of a haunted data center. We used to have a data center server that would go down randomly for about fifteen minutes once every weekday and then reboot. We analyzed all the processes that were running and even graphed them all on a timeline to figure out which one was causing the reboot. The timing was random – it happened within the same window of the workday, but never at the same specific time, and it never happened on the weekends. What are you thinking? Virus, right? Or maybe a faulty process? Hardware problem? Close. A ghost? Even closer.