Oracle Cloud and Google data centers took down by UK heatwave
Due to the recent record-breaking high temperatures, some of the largest data centers in the UK were forced to shut down. Oracle and Google Cloud facilities were among those impacted as the UK had its first 40C (104F) temperature reading. Customers all over the country were affected by the problems, which forced both tech giants to shut down parts of their systems to keep the whole network running smoothly.
The Register initially discovered a business status warning from Oracle Cloud, which stated that “non-critical hardware” had been shut down due to a cooling failure. Numerous Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resources, including networking, storage, and computing, were impacted by the outage. Later, Google Cloud said that one of its facilities in its Europe-west2-a zone, which includes its Europe-west2 area, had a cooling failure.
“There has been a cooling-related failure in one of our buildings that hosts zone Europe-west2-a for region Europe-west2. “This caused a partial failure of capacity in that zone, leading to VM terminations and a loss of machines for a small set of our customers,” the Google Cloud incident report (opens in a new tab) noted.
“We’re working hard to get the cooling back online and create capacity in that zone.” We do not anticipate further impact in Zone Europe-West2-a and currently running VMs should not be impacted. “A small percentage of replicated Persistent Disk devices are running in single redundant mode.”
“In order to prevent damage to machines and an extended outage, we have powered down part of the zone and are limiting GCE preemptible launches.” “We are working to restore redundancy for any remaining impacted replicated Persistent Disk devices.”
Within a few hours, both businesses were able to fix the issues and turn on their whole networks, allowing customers to quickly access the full range of services.