Canada: Server Crash Takes Out Rich Digital Archive at Memorial University in Newfoundland
From the CBC:
As the start of the school year looms, Memorial University [located in Newfoundland] is trying to fix a server crash that made much of the Queen Elizabeth II library’s data inaccessible.
The crash happened last month, during routine maintenance inside the library. So far, about half the data has been restored, said David Sorensen, MUN’s communications manager.
He’s hoping the rest of the data will be back and ready to roll in a few weeks, just in time for the first day of classes.
The maintenance, done in early July, required staff to cut the power to the building and rely on a backup power supply to keep the server room running, Sorenson said. But the backup power failed.
The digital archive alone accounts for 70 terabytes — or 70,000 gigabytes — of data, said Sorenson. About half of that data has been restored, he said, adding MUN hopes to have the rest of it restored within a few weeks “if not a month or two.”
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