I don't understand why they wouldn't spend money they'd make back handsomely to prevent losing money. They may be in Texas, but even Maine & Alaska have nearly hit 100* fahrenheit before, so you'd imagine they'd always think & prepare for the worst.True enough. I'm still wondering about that. The equipment that absolutely needed protection should have had what just about every data center has: batteries for ten minutes and Cummins generators for the next months, with a two-week fuel supply plus natural gas input.
Perhaps they didn't weatherproof their backup power? That happened to Liquidweb years and years ago; they had a power failure in the middle of winter and their Cummins generators refused to start. Cummins sent a bunch of people over and they figured out some solutions and redesigned their generators (well, patched them, anyway).