Most systems appear to be back up after a hellish night for ICT, which saw the temperatures of some computer systems rise far above their rated maximum. A failure of the main data centre's cooling system literally cooked the computers.
Those revising from 3am until around 9am this morning were faced with a number of systems which wouldn't work, including an inability to login to desktop computers, wifi, VPN, email or anything else reliant on centralised authentication. The WebCT system, used by a number of departments for storing such vital revision material as lecture notes, was also down until around 11am.
Live! itself was also a victim, with ICU's aging clubs webserver, heeps, taking serious offence at being boiled like a frog and hanging completely. The server is due to be replaced, with its replacement, dougal up and running at 9am, along with the main ICU website.
Most of ICTs systems are redundant, allowing failures of individual computers to cause few problems. A set of backup servers hosted elsewhere is intended to keep the College web presence alive in the case of a catastrophic failure, with the web site apparently being run from a location at the now-defunct Wye campus for part of the morning.