Jungle data center

Posted on Sat 22 July 2017 in Networking

Years ago, my company took took over managing a data center in Taiwan when their network admin left. My first thought was, "I am going to need a machete to get the cables under control".

They had a bunch of satellite dishes on the roof of a building and were selling a "Hosted Slingbox" service that let people stream over the internet.

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One of the rules of cabling is “if you can’t get the door of the rack closed, you are doing something wrong".

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I spent much of the first day chasing cables (all unlabeled). One mystery was how their office connected to the internet. Turns out that it was that Wi-Fi router hanging there by its cable.

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The old network admin took the proper router when he quit (/ fled screaming into the night), because it belonged to him.

One night the air conditioner on the wall sprung a leak because the drain tube got clogged.

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I was in there trying to fix it and all of a sudden it became un clogged and shot water onto the main cable that supplied power to everything. There was a bright flash and then total darkness and quiet.

After I figured out that I was not blind. I had to go in the dark and reset the high voltage breaker for the entire floor. The electrical wiring was as bad as the network, and I had to reach into the back of a random electrical cabinet, with just my cell phone screen for light. I don’t want to do that again...

Sometimes I see these “wiring disasters” articles in Network World, and I am like, “oh, how cute”.