New temporary generator
By now, everyone should be aware of the new temporary generator that has been installed on the front green space. Mark Powell was kind enough to share this photo of the new generator being lifted into place, over the trees, onto the lawn:
This temporary generator will be with us until late October or early November, and will provide backup power to the data center and parts of the WBOB building in the event of a total power outage.
A new, permanent generator will go online on October 24. You should see installation activities on the 35-W side of the building in the weeks before that.
Expect our conversion to the new generator to be an all-day event. During the cut-over we will need to power down everything in the WBOB data center.
During the hours when the WBOB data center will be off-line, OIA plans to execute a Disaster Recovery test. Most of you will be involved at some level with this DR test, so please plan your time accordingly. We'll bring up a key system at the alternate Church Street facility, verify the data, then bring down the DR system. The production system will come back up normally when WBOB power is restored.