East Coast Earthquake 8-23-2011

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Tue Aug 23 19:48:33 CDT 2011

On Tue, 23 Aug 2011, Lamar Owen wrote:
> At the time I wondered if anything near the IX's in that area might be 
> impacted,

Although any Internet Exchange Facility can have bad luck (i.e. remember 
the Ashburn data center damaged by a hurricane/tornado in 2004), most of 
the major IX's in the US are built for above average hazards based on 
where they are located. Earthquakes are rarer on the East Coast of the 
US, but the buiding code still lists design earthquake requirements for 
essential facilities.  The more difficult thing is probably convincing 
customers that don't want to bolt down their equipment cabinets in the 
data center.

Of course it never ends. There is a hurricane forecast for the east coast 
later this week.

I don't get to tour internet data centers as much as I used to, so I don't 
know how well they are doing now.

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