Haunted Red Buttons
“We had a large data center with a few AS/400s running various applications across Canada. The server room was pretty state-of-the-art at that time, with central cooling, proper cable management, alarms, fire suppression, cameras, and even an emergency power shutdown button.
“Unfortunately, this button was at ‘butt’ height and didn't have a protective cover on it. One administrator bent over, hit the button with his behind, and killed power to the entire room, including the AS/400s, shutting down all the enterprise applications across the country. The individual had a very embarrassed week trying to recover all the data and get them back up and running...”
– THWACK member: shuckyshark
“We had a vendor mopping under the raised floor in the data center. To exit the data center, we had a big red button by the door to release the maglock. One of the vendor’s employees instead went to the wall 15 feet away, where there was a small red button under a clear plastic cover labeled Emergency Power Off. Yep, you guessed it: lights off, power off, nothing but the deafening sound of an entire DASD farm spinning down.”
– THWACK member: Jfrazier, Global Monitoring Technologies Engineer III