IT Services Alerts - College central computer room and network at-risk period, December 17th, 7am-2pm

Update: Saturday 16th December 2011, 1:45pm

The switch back to regular power has been completed and all College data network and central IT services are operating as normal.  There was no loss of power to these central IT facilities throughout the period on backup power.

However, during the period on backup power some of the buildings listed below experienced power cuts.  This did affect the availablility of the Science Gallery IT services, but these services have now been restored and are being monitored.

IS Services Helpdesk

Update: Saturday 16th December 2011, 9am

The scheduled installation of the standby electrical generator, as outlined below, has been completed successfully.  College data network and IT services are operating as normal.

Starting at 1.30pm approximately, the standby generator will be removed once more.  An update will be posted here following that work.

IS Services Helpdesk

First Posted: Tuesday 14th December 2011

Following the postponement of work scheduled for Saturday 12th November, it is necessary to undertake some essential upgrading works on the electrical substation at the Paddock which is located just north of House 33 on Saturday 17th December, with further work on Sunday 18th December if necessary. This work involves the installation of a new electrical power supply that will service an IS Services Green Data centre within Áras An Phiarsaigh, which is currently under development. This new electrical supply will be installed in the Paddock substation which supplies electrical power to the following group of buildings:

  • Áras An Phiarsaigh
  • 200 Pearse Street (ISS & Security Centre)
  • 199 Pearse Street
  • Houses 47 to 52 (Residences)
  • Student Health Centre
  • Day Nursery
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Printing House
  • Buildings on east side of Printing House Lane
  • House 33 to 37 (Residences)
  • House 38 & 40 (Residences)
  • House 39 (School of Law)

It is proposed to carry out the work on Saturday 17th December 2011. While the work is taking place all buildings listed above will be provided with electrical power by means of a standby generator. In order to install the standby generator all areas listed will have two power outages on the day as follows;

  • 7.00am to 7.30am approximately to allow the installation of the standby generator
  • 1.30pm to 2.00pm approximately to allow removal of the standby generator

Staff will be requested to ensure all personal computers and equipment are turned off before each power outage.

At all other times during the day of Saturday 17th December normal operation of the buildings impacted can take place.  Between 7.30am and 1.30pm the standby generator will supply power to the all the buildings listed above.

Following removal of the standby generator between 1.30pm and 2.00pm the mains electricity will be restored to all buildings.

Areas outside those listed will have normal electrical power throughout the day.

The existing Data Centre in 200 Pearse Street will be provided with electrical power by means of an existing emergency backup system. No interruption to computer and data network services is anticipated. The purpose of this communication is to notify College network connected users of a higher than normal, yet low, risk of interruption of computer and network services between the period 7.00am to 2.00pmIf required, further work may take place on Sunday 18th December.

Should the availability of College IT services be affected by this work please check the IS Services website and/or the IS Services Twitter feed at for updates.

IS Services would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.