Hurricane Ivan Damages Data Center Published: Sep 23, 2004
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Netcraft, a research and analysis company, issued a report stating that hurricane Ivans recent movement up the East Coast of the United States caused considerable damage to at least one data center facility, disrupted Internet connectivity throughout the

Netcraft (www.netcraft.com), a research and analysis company, issued a report stating that hurricane Ivan’s recent movement up the East Coast of the United States caused considerable damage to at least one data center facility, disrupted Internet connectivity throughout the Caribbean and adversely affected the operations of some US government systems. On September 17, 2004, a tornado caused by Ivan tore the roof from a data center in Ashburn, Virginia, which hosted infrastructure for the online game World of Warcraft, which currently undergoes beta testing. According to the report water leaked onto servers, causing a system shutdown that lasted at least until September 20, 2004. Recently, World of Warcraft made public its intentions to host its infrastructure in a close AT&T data center.

The National Finance Center, which processes fund transfers, loans and withdrawals, was evacuated from its New Orleans facility ahead of the hurricane’s arrival, which made the US government’s 401(k) retirement savings system suspend some of its operations. Ivan is the fifth hurricane that hit the US this summer.

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