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June 25, 2013

Data center outage takes French state financial system offline for four days

IDG News Service - The French government's accounts payable system, Chorus, is back online after a four-day outage, the French State Financial Computing Agency (AIFE) said Monday.

An accident at a data center operated by French servers and services company Bull on Wednesday affected Chorus's storage systems hosted there. That incident took the core of Chorus, an SAP system with 25,000 users, offline, although another application, Chorus forms, continued to serve its 30,000 users.

The server room's fire extinguishing system was accidentally triggered following an error by one of Bull's subcontractors, resulting in simultaneous damage to several major components of a storage bay holding Chorus data, the agency said.

Bull had little to say about the accident.

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http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9240300/Data_center_outage_takes_French_state_financial_system_offline_for_four_days