Twitter’s data center knocked out by extreme heat in California: outage and reboot
Just like the rest of California, Twitter’s data center in the San Francisco Bay area is suffering from a deluge of extreme heat. It’s going to get a little hotter, however, in the weeks to come as the high temperatures continue.
Just like the rest of California, Twitter’s data center in the San Francisco Bay area is suffering from a deluge of extreme heat.
It’s going to get a little hotter, however, in the weeks to come as the high temperatures continue.
In an alert to its users on Thursday, the company warned that the data center had hit an “unusual level of heat.” The center, located between San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, “now averages 85F,” according to the alert, which is in Twitter’s signature blue font. But that’s not the most unusual aspect of the situation.
In addition to the heat, the center had been unable to turn on its cooling systems, which are meant to help keep the place cool and to prevent equipment failures, because of power outages. As of Friday morning, the company said the service was still down, but it said that its engineers were working to resolve the issue.
It’s not just Twitter, though. Just like with Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites that use data centers in the Bay Area, the heat has also affected services elsewhere in Silicon Valley.
To be sure, many of the other tech giants using the data center have not been affected by the heat. But even for those companies that have been, heat is a big concern.
“It is definitely a concern for us,” said Jon Fink, senior vice president of engineering for IBM, a big user of the data center.
Fink said his company has been testing its systems to make sure the facilities have capacity to withstand high temperatures, both during storms and in the middle of the day. And in a Facebook announcement last week, the company reiterated the reliability of its data