Weta 'sensitive' about HP blade fire

Fire brigade comes to the rescue

Something “sensitive” happened at Weta Digital’s datacentre in Wellington about two weeks ago.

Computerworld had been told an HP blade server caught fire, bringing out the fire brigade.

Partly true, according to a PR spokeswoman at Weta. She says a “sensitivity” caused a hot spot in an old computer room, about to be decommissioned, which triggered an automatic call-out by the fire brigade. Asked to define “sensitivity”, she couldn’t. “But there is no story,” she said.

Computerworld sources say the call-out was around 3am, caused by the failure of the power supply in the chassis of a high-density blade. “They lost all 32 servers in the chassis,” a source says, “but because they have so many servers it didn’t shut down the business.” The equipment was replaced under warranty.

Weta Digital commissioned its new extreme density datacentre this month.

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