Earthquakes and data centers
Many data centers use seismic isolation technology to protect racks and servers in the event of a major earthquake.
Yesterday's magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Baja California was felt in large portions of Southern California. It rattled nerves and shook up some equipment as well.
"Our data center had servers rolling back and forth on earthquake gliders," reported Jake Duncan, manager at ProtectRite of Encinitas, Calif. (a San Diego suburb) on his Twitter stream. "It was intense ... All employees working today ran to parking lot. Pictures toppled on desks and server safety systems engaged."
Earthquake gliders? Many data centers use seismic isolation technology to protect racks and servers in the event of a major earthquake. Last year Dylan Mason of WorkSafe provided a demonstration of his company's ISO-Base platforms, which sit under the data center racks and allow them to shift independently of the building during an earthquake, reducing damage.
Read the full article from Data Center Knowledge and watch a 2-minute video from TechFlash provides an example of how these systems work.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey