Even the New York Times withholds the address

Michael.Dillon at radianz.com Michael.Dillon at radianz.com
Tue Nov 19 15:00:47 UTC 2002

>On-site fuel storage is one of those double-edge swords.  Without on-site
>fuel there are several "ordinary" disasters which would be worsened if
>the telecommunications infrastructure went dark.  For example, during ice
>stores, hurricanes, etc we want telecom facilities to stay up for one, 
>or three days, depending on how long you believe it will take for the
>roads to be passible for fuel trucks or the power to be restored.

This is a good example of an area where governments can intervene and do 
some good.

1. Local governments can prohibit fuel storage and generators at telecom 

2. Local governments can make it easy for telecom site operators to set up 
local generators and store fuel at sites that are near the telecom sites 
but not too near.

Right now, people put the generators and the fuel in the same building 
because it is virtually impossible to install your own neighborhood power 
cabling. But there are few disaster scenarios in which a PoP would be 
undamaged at the same time as the nearby powerstation is out of action or 
disconnected. If the local power cable takes a different route from the 
power utility's cable then backhoe disease is avoided. If the local 
powerstation blows up, we are happy because the PoP is still running on 
utility power unlike the current situation.

In fact, a single municipality could plan this as an integral part of 
their telecom infrastructure so that there are multiple telecom hotels 
spread far enough apart to avoid fate sharing and each one of them could 
be served by two local power stations, each of which serves several 
telecom hotels. These would also be spread apart to avoid fate sharing 
with utility power substations and cabling.

If you were offered a colo facility that supplied AC power from one 
utility and two local generator substation sources, would you rate this 
better or worse than a colo facility that contained its own in-house 
generators and fuel storage tanks?

P.S. What if the colo facility offered built-in water chillers for cooling 
with all the water piped downhill, down the block to a cooling tower? 
Would this be better or safer than existing systems? Could it possibly be 
built this way without municipal government involvement?

--Michael Dillon

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