The Board of Directors for McKeesport Area School District had a problem. The main high school building was completed in 1961 without air conditioning (AC), and every contractor and company was submitting bids to install it that the district couldn’t accept. The space wasn’t designed with an AC system in mind, and construction issues from roof plenums to piping kept the price tag too high. Students and teachers labored to learn with non-optimal temperature and airflow, while the cost to remedy it remained, literally, through the roof.
Last week, Delta Air Lines faced a technical hitch. On the surface it wasn’t an enormous problem - a power outage at their Atlanta data centre caused a switchgear to fail (like a circuit breaker in your home). However, the backup systems didn’t come online correctly and the failure of this one piece of equipment then caused a complete shutdown of the Delta IT systems globally.