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A massive HP data centre in Colorado Springs is in danger of being destroyed by a wildfire raging near by. The data centre, located alongside a HP laboratory and office on Rockrimmon Boulevard in Colorado Springs, is in the mandatory evacuation area (PDF) for the fire, although the fire hasn't reached that street yet. "The …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thankfully it is well away from the RBS datacentre (by a couple of thousand miles)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      This will make a great film.

      Man starts wildfire

      Data Centre evacuated

      Man goes into data centre to steal

      Employee fights man to death

      Employee steals data goes to live in Mexico in the hope of finding Mr Big

      Man extradited to USA and put to death

      Why? ' you shouldnt have been a data sharer son' as they stick a needle in his arm.

      Three weeks later they find he was innocent

  2. Hieronymus Howerd
    1. Darthy

      Re: Linky

      Thank God, almost had to ask "Where's Waldo" ....

      1. Anonymous Coward 15

        Re: Where's Waldo

        It's f*cking WALLY!

    2. Mephistro

      Re: Linky

      You telling me they built an HP datacenter under a tree in a parking lot??? Land must be really expensive in Colorado!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "This is why we don't allow Firefox to be installed on company machines."

    - Our clueless management

    1. Dan 10

      I know it's the reg and all...

      ...but all the comments above this one just seem random

  4. Stoneshop Silver badge


    A couple of Greek discontents torch just a Microsoft office, Mother Nature apparently has bigger fish to fry and goes for an entire HP site.

  5. Dire Criti¢

    And the news spread's El Reg

    1. Kirbini

      ...spread like gossip, for as anyone knows, nothing travels faster.

      (Kudos to Jim Henson and The Storyteller for that one)

      1. Stoneshop Silver badge

        "spread like gossip, for as anyone knows, nothing travels faster."

        Bad news does.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    GIves a whole new meaning to

    Red screen of Death.


    (insert flame icon here)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Form an Orderly Queue...

    ... for the main door.

    Each employee should collect two HDDs from reception on the way out.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    don't they pay people to check things first

    when they build datacentres don't they pay people to look around for obvious hazards before they start construction?

    Don't they check for earthquakes, volcanoes, ice storms, tornadoes, floods, insect plagues (ants in your vents isn't funny, nor are rodents munching cables) and somewhere on the list will be wildfires (the clue is, there's a lot of shrubbery outside).

    Years ago, we had a nice man come from Lloyds' Insurance to tell us there was more risk of a car bomb wrecking the bottom floors of our tower block (early '90's London) than there was of a helicopter crashing in to the top (this was on to the approach to Battersea Heliport), so would we please move our servers from the ground floor to the top floor.

    How hard can it be?

    1. CraigW

      Re: don't they pay people to check things first

      Yes, but then they say 'Okay, it's stupid, but it's cheaper here, so let's do it anyway'.

      And then you end up with nuclear power stations on geological fault lines (Japan, USA).

    2. Hieronymus Howerd

      Re: don't they pay people to check things first

      Yeah, what a bunch of numpties, eh? Building a datacentre right next to a fire of all things. Sheesh.

  9. venneford


    The funny thing for this is that all 3 cities (Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs) have been threatened by fires. Boulder HP and Fort Collins HP happen to be on the far side of the cities from the fires.

    This was a boundary condition. Most years, there would not have been much of a threat in the Springs. Even here, they are evacuating more for air quality then a threat to the physical facility.

  10. Just An Engineer

    They can now carry out a DR test

    Hope they had solid plans in place..

  11. Geoff Campbell


    OK, so HP find a nice site, with a good chance of a serious forest fire. They build a data centre there. Forest fire happens. Presumably data is, or will shortly be, destroyed.

    Anyone else reminded of the accountancy practices of Megadodo Publications?


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hmmmmm.

      Pretty much any area has a chance of some type of natural disaster or terrorist / other risk and you have to balance those risk with the cost to build, ability to get (cheap) power, connectivity and staff to work there etc. A lot of the UK data centres are basically ex-office buildings not necessarily ideally located or as 'perfect' as they could be.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Hmmmmm.

        The area is dry (i.e. why fires are a risk) and high altitude - a DC in New York or London faces other but very real 'risks' as well.

  12. johnnymotel
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    looking at the aerial images, I'd say the building is reasonably well protected from forest fire, even if the fire came right up to the nearby houses. It looks like the designers have placed a fairly wide scrub type firebreak between the building and any inflammable materials (houses, trees etc). I'd say the building control folk would have demanded a wide firebreak all around the building and that seems to be the case.

    Then also the surrounding areas are not heavily wooded, but more like low scrub bushes.

    No danger here.

  13. Rob Quinn

    Maybe it's another one of the planets enemies going after the SGC.

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  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Are they saying the fire will actually damage the building? If you have an area with plenty of free space - surely it's a good idea to build a concrete 'car park' 20-40m from the edge of the building all around the data centre as a fire break - at least the data centre itself would be safe?

  16. Brian Meehan

    Both Verizon and Verizon Wireless had buildings evacuated.

  17. Anonymous Coward 15

    Our data is all in the cloud!

    Cloud of smoke, that is.

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