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The Planet CEO Provides Update; Will Be Days Before Full Recovery
Yesterday we were tracking a fire that occured at one of The Planet’s datacenters. Check our previous coverage to read the prior updates along with many customer comments that really are quite negative. Below is an update from The Planet CEO. You might also check this thread on TheHosting News where a discussion of power reductions, air conditioning systems and an award that The Planet won for their data center.
From The Planet CEO Douglas Erwin:
As previously committed, I would like to provide an update on where we stand following yesterday’s explosion in our H1 data center. First, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your patience during the past 28 hours. We are acutely aware that uptime is critical to your business, and you have my personal commitment that The Planet team will continue to work around the clock to restore your service.
As you have read, we have begun receiving some of the equipment required to start repairs. While no customer servers have been damaged or lost, we have new information that damage to our H1 data center is worse than initially expected. Three walls of the electrical equipment room on the first floor blew several feet from their original position, and the underground cabling that powers the first floor of H1 was destroyed.
There is some good news, however. We have found a way to get power to Phase 2 (upstairs, second floor) of the data center and to restore network connectivity. We will be powering up the air conditioning system and other necessary equipment within the next few hours. Once these systems are tested, we will begin bringing the 6,000 servers online. It will take four to five hours to get them all running.
We have brought in additional support from Dallas to have more hands and eyes on site to help with any servers that may experience problems. The call center has also brought in double staff to handle the increase in tickets we’re expecting. Hopefully by sunrise tomorrow Phase 2 will be well on its way to full production.
Let me next address Phase 1 (first floor) of the data center and the affected 3,000 servers. The news is not as good, and we were not as lucky. The damage there was far more extensive, and we have a bigger challenge that will require a two-step process. For the first step, we have designed a temporary method that we believe will bring power back to those servers sometime tomorrow evening, but the solution will be temporary. We will use a generator to supply power through next weekend when the necessary gear will be delivered to permanently restore normal utility power and our battery backup system. During the upcoming week, we will be working with those customers to resolve issues.
We know this may not be a satisfactory solution for you and your business but at this time, it is the best we can do.
We understand that you will be due service credits based on our Service Level Agreement. We will proactively begin providing those following the restoration of service, which is our number priority, so please bear with us until this has been completed.
I recognize that this is not all good news. I can only assure you we will continue to utilize every means possible to fully restore service.
I plan to have an audio update tomorrow evening.
Douglas J. Erwin
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer