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Earth Hour

imageAs most of you will be aware, on Saturday night most of the world switched off the lights for Earth Hour 2008.

Earth Hour is an international event that asks households and businesses to turn off their lights and non-essential electrical appliances for one hour on the evening of 29 March at 8pm local time until 9pm to promote electricity conservation and thus lower carbon emissions. It may also help reduce light pollution, and in 2008, coincides with the beginning of National Dark Sky Week in the USA.

We at Mushroom Systems did our bit by shutting down our servers for the first time in 5 years! In fact, we used the opportunity to test our UPS and power outage protection plans under combat conditions. All servers actually ran perfectly for over an hour on UPS backup. When the UPS finally gave up, all servers automatically shutdown correctly and then the UPS switched off before running to 0% fail point.

This is what is supposed to happen, and is critical when web sites and other 24/7 hosted services are running "In House". Mushroom Systems hosts all of our own servers and as such need to ensure that we have adequate protection.

This begs the question.. Do you? If you are concerned about your power protection, need some advise or would like a site check performed, just let us know. We can simply draw the consulting time down from the service pack and you'll get peace of mind with a full site report with recommendations.

As a matter of interest, our main servers are all running inside VMWare virtual machines. The VMWare server is running on Red Hat Linux. Our Red Hat Linux system runs 24/7/365 and never needs attention, never gets rebooted - it just works. That's also what's supposed to happen..