Reminder: Do Not Sleep Off A Hangover In Your Data Centre

There's still plenty of time to enter our World Of Servers competition to win a trip to TechEd North America in New Orleans, and we've been enjoying the entries so far. Case in point: the entrant who described the unexpected way one large server room got put to use.

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The mind, frankly, boggles:

We had an extremely large data centre with literally hundreds of servers racked in cabinets that were interconnected with a sea of overhead cable looms. So during the winter months some of my young colleagues (that had been out late night partying) would spend their lunch break sleeping on the bed of overhead cable, which would provide them a nice warmth. I only found this out by chance when I went looking for the young lads and notice a snoring sound coming out above the server cabinets!

Remember, kids: alcohol and virtualisation don't mix. Stay sober and keep planning your competition entry instead.


    Sleeping in a data centre? Really? Cant imagine it with all the noise. And who the hell would climb up on top of racks to sleep on cable trays ? Surely they would have had a good chance of damaging something.

      It's loud but it is a constant steady white noise so wouldn't be too bad. Plus the late night, no sleep and hangover combination probably helped

      Last edited 18/04/13 10:30 am

    Makes my server room secret simply lame by comparison. :(

    When I was an undergrad, I worked for the computer center and was one of few students with access to a former data center that was now just used for mainframe printing, an HP minicomputer, telecommunicaitons gear and lots of fanfold printer paper.

    Many students and staff knew me as a source of answers, but I needed to study, too. So one week, I built myself an open-topped fort probably 2m high of printer paper boxes in the data center, went in, and walled myself in to study. I'd make a door any time I needed to leave, in the back, so no one was likely to see it and wonder. I'd go back and wall it up again. Worked well for finals season that year. The next year, the student employees had their own private study room, which of course was even better.

    I have heard stories of back in the day with Telecom techs would do this in exchanges after lunch. This was in the days when exchanges where manned.

    * i guess it happened in the PMG days too

    My friend used to work at a Woolies store and he and his mates used to climb the pallet racking, set-up a wall with 20kg bags of rice so he wouldn't roll off and go to sleep.

    The record between his mates was a guy slept for 7 hours, pretty much his whole shift.

      I used to nap in the storeroom when I worked in retail. Works a treat.

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