Beaverton School District suffers damage to data center from fire suppression system [The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.]
(Oregonian (Portland, OR) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 03--An alarm in the Beaverton School District data center early last Friday set off a fire suppression system severely damaging hard drives and servers that operate the district.
District staff arrived at schools Friday morning to find they were unable to access email, the Internet, class lists, online textbooks and student schedules, among other data.
"It knocked all of the systems in the data center off line. All of the systems that staff need to do their jobs," said Steve Langford, chief technology officer.
The district's technology department worked around the clock over the weekend to patch and repurpose systems to get the systems back online and got the final, most critical piece, Synergy, back up Sunday night, Langford said.
Synergy, the district's online data system, allows teachers to take attendance, access emergency contact information and student schedules.
The district lost all the work that had been entered into Synergy last Thursday, but it was recoverable and had to be re-entered.
Langford said little is known about why the alarm was activated and an investigation will take place.
The damage was extensive because the equipment was running when the fire suppression canisters released gas that removes oxygen from the air to quell a fire.
"What we're being told is typically power is cut to the room so all the hard drives are stopped and, then, the suppression system fires," Langford said.
-- Wendy Owen
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