Heat Blamed for Australian Net Fail

Extreme heat in Perth has forced one ISP to shut down its servers in its data centre.

The second largest net provider in Australia, iNett, said it had turned the servers off as a "precautionary measure" as the city experienced temperatures topping 44.4 degrees Celsius, leaving thousands of customers offline for around six and a half hours.

Many customers took to social media to vent their anger at the decision.

In a blog post, iiNet's chief technology officer Mark Dioguardi said: "Our Perth data centre was subject to a partial failure of both the mains and back-up air-conditioning systems yesterday.

"This, along with the extreme heat necessitated a shutdown to a portion of our servers.

"Although our plans ensured over 98% of customers remained unaffected, some customers experienced issues reconnecting to the internet."

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