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Colt completes datacentre postmortem

Communications supplier Colt has given its 18 European datacentres a clean bill of health following a power outage that led to a major customer experiencing almost a day of lost business last month.

Last month Lastminute.com's website went offline for 11 hours when a Colt datacentre in London, where it is hosted, experienced a power outage.

Colt carried out root cause analysis of the datacentre involved and discovered the cause of the problem was a faulty circuit breaker in one data hall.

Colt has now checked all its datacentres across Europe. "No more occurrences of the root cause which led to the issue in London have been found," said Colt.

The company said it had employed an independent company to check the datacentres to ensure it gets to the bottom of the problem. The independent analysis of Colt's facilities is almost complete and confirms the findings, said Colt.

Lastminute.com is an online travel business that relies totally on its web presence. The main site and subsidiaries such as Medhotels.com, Holidayautos.co.uk and Travelocity.co.uk were unavailable between 3pm on 04 July until 2am the next morning. This was during one of the busiest weeks of the year.


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