Raining in the Computer Room
As opposed to days gone by, my on call responsibilities for work are fairly light. Well, I was on call this week and about 7pm I got a call . . .
A pipe had ruptured between floors above the computer room at the University of Riverside. I'm only 4 miles away so off I go. What I walked into I have never seen in my 20-odd year career in this biz. It was literally raining in the computer room. We covered a lot of the gear with plastic and I was amazed something hadn't blown already.
I thanked my lucky stars that our design consists of two network cores in buildings about 1/8th a of a mile apart on this campus. We could lose the whole building in question without impacting the state. UCR serves as a major hub for the largest private fiber network in California serving all U of C's, private universities, city colleges and even K-12 sites plus some of our neighbors in Arizona.
All ended well except for the mess and I forgot my camera!!! Others were taking pics with their phones and PDA's so I'll try to get some pics. You haven't lived until you've see a literal "decorative fountain"-like waterfall flowing down the stairs into the lobby.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
- Arthur C. Clarke