Spotify experienced an outage over the weekend, with the company blaming overheating servers for the fact that users couldn’t stream music on Saturday night. “The backup power kicked in as planned, however, one of the big air conditioners in the data centre did not start properly,” explains Andres Sehr on the company’s blog. “Heat is a major issue in large data centres and without this cooling unit the temperature rose very quickly and our servers shut down to protect themselves from over heating.” Everything appears to be up and running again now, and the company moved quickly to keep users informed about the problem. However, just like when Gmail goes down, it’s a reminder that living your life in the cloud has its drawbacks when technology lets you down. Source: Spotify Blog

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