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Re: East Coast Earthquake 8-23-2011
From: Sean Donelan <sean () donelan com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:48:33 -0400 (EDT)

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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