Delta Outage may have been Self-Inflicted

ATLANTA—The airline had cancelled more than 650 flights by 5:00 PM EDT as of Monday, August 8, 2016.  Just days before National BDPA’s Technology Conference in Atlanta, the outage triggered massive delays world wide.

Mashable reports Delta’s so-called power outage likely occurred in an unconventional manner.   Georgia Power, regional provider of electricity to millions of customers in Georgia where Delta’s headquarters is located, reported no outages. Mashable also reports aviation experts observed the outage occurred in the early hours of the morning during off-peak travel times in CONUS, normal times to conduct tests.

The likely cause may have been normally scheduled “back-up” power tests that went south very fast when switching from primary to alternative power sources and back.  This did not occur properly and Delta’s main power to computer systems were not restored in a timely manner. Delta’s check-in systems remained offline and associated mobile apps subsequently failed.

Could this week’s outage be classified a “cyber” event?  Are continuity of operations and disaster recovery plans (CoOP/DR) thoroughly tested?   Read more

Source: Mashable.com
Photo courtesy: Delta Air Lines, Inc.

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Elon Musk’s ‘Master Plan’ for Tesla: Solar power, fully autonomous car-sharing and heavy vehicles

Tesla chief executive lays out plan for combination of Tesla and SolarCity

MarketWatch‘s Jeremy Owens reports Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk doesn’t want to stop with electric cars: “He sees a future with heavy electric trucks and buses, as well as autonomous electric car-sharing networks, all powered by solar energy.”

That is the vision Musk laid out, part of a push by the car maker’s leader for the acquisition of SolarCity, a residential solar-power company in which Musk is heavily invested. In a recent blog post, which Musk had been teasing for more than a week on Twitter, he said that solar-power generation captured by Tesla’s Powerwall batteries is key to his vision for the future of Tesla.

Musk summed up his original “Master Plan” listed below  verbatim:

• Build sports car.
• Use that money to build an affordable car.
• Use that money to build an even more affordable car.
• While doing above, also provide zero emission electric power generation options.

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Source: MarketWatch.com
Photo: Tesla Motors

 

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