According to a press release from the City of Seattle the electrical system upgrades for the City
data center that meant a partial shutdown of the data center were completed early. The City’s
website and online applications are up and running.
“I want to thank the City staff who worked hard on this maintenance project, especially the
employees of our Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Department of
Information Technology,” said Mayor Mike McGinn.
McGinn also announced that the 2013-2014 Proposed Budget includes $3 million in funding to
plan for the next generation Data Center. This funding will allow the City to begin planning and
designing alternatives for a new Data Center that will provide more capacity, redundancy and
The city of Seattle identified a power transmission problem in the Seattle Municipal Tower
that directly impacts the Department of Information Technology’s (DoIT) Data Center and IT
infrastructure of City Light and the Department of Transportation. One of several electrical
busways used to provide power to different portions of the building had a higher-than-normal
temperature level, which indicated that sections of it were in need of replacement. The city
reduced the electrical load, which stabilized the bus and allowed the city to schedule the
replacement for Labor Day weekend.
After the data center loads were moved to other electrical infrastructure, the bus was powered.
Maintenance work proceeded more quickly than anticipated due to favorable conditions. After
testing and certification to ensure it was operating at a normal temperature level and could
handle the load, the data center was returned to the restored bus late Saturday evening.
Some non-essential applications, such as live traffic camera feeds, were powered down for the
duration of the weekend and will be restored.”
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