Sunday, February 21, 2010

Too hot for Spotify

Last night, Spotify vanished from the internet. Why? It was gettin' hot in there, so it took out all its nodes:

Saturday evening there was a power outage at a large data site in London where we host some of our servers. The backup power kicked in as planned, however, one of the big air conditioners in the data centre did not start properly. Heat is a major issue in large data centres and without this cooling unit the temperature rose very quickly and our servers shut down to protect themselves from over heating. Once we discovered the source of the problem we started work on bringing the servers back online but because of the large number of servers and the complexity of the system it took a few hours to get everything up and running again.

Yes, tonight they're pouring quarts of Ben And Jerrys into the computers. That'll stop things getting too hot, that's for sure.