Cloud Services On The East Coast Clog In The Wake of Sandy
In an age where the Internet infrastructure depends on the engineered redundancy of underwater cables, it is hardly possible that the effect of super storms like Sandy can go unnoticed. Hosting and colocution services went off tune after data facilities and websites on the East Coast went down in the wake of the super storm. Since the Internet is a real industry in the US, it is easy to imagine the level to which cloud providers have reached the blink trying to restore unstable networks.
Like a herald, Super Storm Sandy came with forewarnings but New Yorkers and New Jersey residents, including the captain of the lost ship Bounty of the famous Mutiny on the Bounty film, took no heed. They had not expected things to go haywire. It also brought down the cloud from the Internet skies as some service providers shut down. This came of the power outages, in the aftermath of the fire that the surging waters caused in the streets of Manhattan.
The blood stream of the global Internet is AC-2, the cables that traverse the Atlantic Ocean and bridge the data and communication divide between Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. Sandy has affected them, to varying degrees, but the main blunt is on the East Coast sites.
Here is a roundup of the effects Sandy has visited upon particular cloud data facilities:
- Telx, a provider in the Big Apple and the neighboring states said a great number of its data facilities had to rely on diesel power.
- Internap and Peer 1, all of which have data facilities in the more sunken part of NYC were also in the eye of the storm.
- Equinix, a data center on the big Apple, was forced to bank on its two-day strong diesel backup to operate after the blackout.
- Navisite, on the other hand, in the sea-level side of Manhattan Island relied on its 3-day long generator backup with surplus at hand.
- Nirvanix foreclosed the approach of Super Storm Sandy by advising its clients to churn out their data, without charge from its New Jersey headquarters, October 29.
Even when the immediate point of concern has been power failure, the cloud community is still apprehensive of the ghost of cable disruption underneath the surface of the ocean. Luckily enough, analysts are saying that redundancy, or double distribution parameters of the cables, might beat permanent Internet collapse to the chase.
While data facilities were looking up to the good old fuel guzzlers to generate power for them, websites were all night by candlelight. Some of those that doused their light for a day or two after the storm visited their premises include:
*Huffington Post, one of the most popular news blogs in the United States, crashed severally. According to the Independent UK, the site reinstated its services unsuccessfully several times throughout the unfortunate moments.
*October 31 through November 1, the flickering ghost of the Gawker site would also resurface through the Internet airwaves, severally.
*Gizmodo site went down for several hours.
If buzz from the Internet is anything to go by, certain servers for sites like Huffington Post went under a surge of water up to their waist. They lost electricity when more than 5ft of deluge visited their cellars unexpectedly.
Climatologists are arguing that the surge of the unnatural storm Sandy, so late in the season, must be due to industries, and inversely climate change. Webmasters of weather sites have noted how the ocean is 1 degree hotter than it was forty years ago. This relates directly to the fact that storms gain momentum from heat waves on the water surface. Cloud sites have been doing all they can to reduce the effects of climate change. Their methods include looking for green methods of cooling devices, such as solar. They are also using biofuel, which is not as adverse as electricity, to reduce the carbon footprint on the globe.
By John Omwamba