[AusNOG] Fire System Activation @ GS Sydney

Matt Perkins matt at spectrum.com.au
Sun Nov 15 18:25:10 EST 2020

It's not the first time this has happened at GSU.  It's caused by the 
very loud noise that is generated when the inergen gas is released. It 
causes errors on spinning disks that quickly fill up their spare sector 
table while trying to write during the discharge.  It usually only 
effects servers beneath the nozels so that's likely why it only effected 

It happend in the  AAPT suite on level 4 a few years back when a belt on 
an air handling unit failed and smoked up setting off the fire system.  
I remember being there and looking into the face of many broken men on 
that day.  RAID does not help when all your disks die at once.

I have equipment in level 2 4 and 6 at GSU and did not hear about the 7 
November incident so perhaps it was just one private suite.


On 15/11/20 5:58 pm, Christopher Hawker wrote:
> I came across this article, relating to the Tabcorp outage on 7 
> November - claims the fire suppression system in the hall at Global 
> Switch was activated and damaged servers, which is why Tabcorp was 
> offline for so long. GS also claims that Tabcorp was the only affected 
> customer. Did anyone receive a fire alarm activation alert?
> What potentially would have triggered the activation and discharge?
> https://www.itnews.com.au/news/global-switch-says-no-fire-in-tabcorp-data-centre-incident-555661 
> <https://www.itnews.com.au/news/global-switch-says-no-fire-in-tabcorp-data-centre-incident-555661>
> Thanks,
> CH
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