Samsung Data Center Fire Takes Down Consumer Services

About a year ago Samsung made news headlines when one of its smartphone batteries randomly caught fire in a manEUs pocket. Now the electronics giant is confirming one of its data center facilities in South Korea went up in flames on Sunday.

The small disaster has led to consumer service outages, but will it harm the companyEUs reputation in the smartphone industry?

First, the facts: Samsung SDS, an information and communication technology (ICT) service provider, operates the data centers where the fire broke out at about 12:20 p.m., according to the Korea Herald. The fire reportedly started on the fourth floor of a data center located in Gwacheon, Geyeonggi Province, before spreading to floors above.

The Herald reports the fire charred an outer wall of the building and offices inside. Although there were no casualties, news reports indicate a subcontract worker was injured when one of the data center's walls collapsed.

Smart TV Services Outage

In a blog post, Samsung explained that the fire started in the uninterruptable power supply for the extension generator outside. After the fire, Samsung shut down its ICT centers and servers to minimize damage.

Samsung identified several services affected by the fire, including Samsung Card, which bills itself as KoreaEUs biggest credit card company, some Internet phone services, and some hosting services. The company apologized for the incident. In its official statement Samsung SDS officials said, EUWe will fully cooperate with the authorities to figure out the exact cause of the fire and the level of damage.EU

The company said the fire did not affect smart TV services abroad, according to TheInsideKorea.com, but several U.S. news reports insist the fire interrupted services to Samsung devices, including Smart TV with SmartHub, smartphones and Blu-ray players. If the service required Internet connectivity, such as SamsungEUs mobile apps store, access was not available...

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