Followup British Telecom outage reason

Alex Bligh alex at
Tue Nov 27 00:14:16 UTC 2001

--On Monday, 26 November, 2001 6:28 AM -0500 Sean Donelan 
<sean at> wrote:

> Its not even a matter of cost.  A typical hospital spends less on
> their emergency power system than a Internet/telco hotel.  The major
> difference is the hospital staff knows (more or less) what to do when
> the generators don't work.

That's probably debatable, however what is clear is that the
standard deviation in Internet/telco hotel performance is far
greater than that of hospitals, and it's hard to judge your
(potential) vendor's capability of responding to an unplanned
power situation in advance of one happening. Bizarrely, those
who seem to get it wrong, don't seem to learn from their

Alex Bligh
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