New Jersey suffers yet another state datacenter failure

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Sep 13, 2013 06:29 am PST

It came as quite a surprise to the hundreds of people who showed up at NJ department of Mover Vehicles offices Thursday to find that there was no waiting in line. But that surprise rapidly turned to annoyance and frustration as they were told that the computers were down and no services were available.

For the third time in the last seven weeks a problem with the state’s datacenter brought down services offered to state residents. This time it was a power failure at 5 AM that was unresolved for four hours. But even after power was restored, the state was unable to completely restore all of the affected services until well into the afternoon, with everything back up between 2 and 3 PM.

This time around, the state placed the blame squarely on their power provider, with Bill Quinn, Treasury spokesman stating “We are reviewing the cause of today’s outage with PSE&G, our power supplier, and the steps that should be taken to prevent a recurrence of this incident.” The state has not released any information about what the actual problem was.


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