Currently, the European continent is being swept by a heat wave, which is affecting most of the technological devices. Yesterday, Google Cloud and Oracle announced cooling failures at London-based data centers due to a heat wave. Temperatures in England hit an unprecedented 105 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius.
Two major cloud service providers had to take drastic measures in response to the situation. In fact, they shut down some machines in their infrastructure to prevent further damage to cloud computing systems. Unsurprisingly, this caused “errors” in some services that depended on these broken infrastructures.
Details of machine failures of two major cloud players
According to Google’s statement, the strike at one of its London buildings began at 6:13pm GMT, or 8:13pm in France. It is a building that houses part of the capacity of the Google Cloud Europe West region. The failure led to the shutdown of virtual machines and the loss of machines to a small group of its customers. The technicians managed to partially solve the problem in the evening. However, some customers report that the problem persists in this area.
At the same time, Oracle said on its status page that it faced the same issue. He directly attributes this failure to the prevailing heat in England. He was forced to stop the engines to minimize the damage. Some customers are unable to access or use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources in the same zone, such as object storage, compute, and volume modules. The service is also slowly coming back online.
The infrastructure in the UK is not designed to withstand the heat
For some time now, the UK has been experiencing the most severe heat wave that neither Google nor Oracle could have anticipated. This is the first time the temperature has crossed 40 degrees Celsius. And the infrastructure is not designed to withstand this much heat.
They should think about setting up an efficient and reliable cooling system. Firstly, to reduce the heat and secondly, the machines can withstand high temperatures.
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