Data centers are hot right now. As society becomes more dependent on technology, more cloud storage space and computing power is needed to ensure businesses continue to meet consumer standards; since their own systems can’t possibly keep up (the power density of a data center is 100 times more than that of a large commercial office building) they outsource their needs to massive data center facilities all across the world.
Usually, the only thing data centers need to worry about is the effectiveness of their cooling methods. For one center, however, a lone deer became the main problem. DEFCON Furs, a group that usually organizes events and parties for DEFCON attendees who are also interested in furry culture, posted several videos of a deer running rampant in a data center to Twitter in late January.
“Breaking Mews,” the tweet said, “Just when you thought it was going to be routine Monday night 2 am server maintenance… The Venison Red Team gets past your fancy guards and biometrics.”
Apparently, the terrified animal had broken through the wall of the data center, making it as far as the server control room before animal control was called. DEFCON Furs later discovered the location of the center, but were unable to reveal specifics beyond that it was in North America.
Although deer aren’t very common in data centers, the expensive, technologically-equipped warehouses do often suffer from animal break-ins. Squirrels, in particular, have been known to cause incredible amounts of damage: it’s been estimated that the rodents are responsible for approximately 17% of all data center cable damage annually. The little menaces are excellent chewing machines and will chew their way through everything — from fiber-optic cables to live power lines.
Fortunately for our dear old deer friend, the four-legged mammal suffered no injuries:
“It was fine, ran out and rejoined its friends,” the furry hacker collective stated. “The police and animal control made sure it was OK before letting it run down the hall and out the steps. I think she was good.”