Hurricane Sandy: Cloud Data Centers Returning to Normal
The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will take some time to repair, but cloud data centers have been faring well. Some of them are still operating on little more than generator fuel, but as power starts to come back on throughout New York and the rest of the East Coast, many cloud data centers are returning to utility power.
Equinix — in a blog post — noted that three of its New York and New Jersey cloud data center sites are back on utility power. That still leaves five of its sites running on generator power, but according to Raouf Abdel, Equinix regional operating chief for the Americas, there is ample fuel on site to continue running the facilities. Abdel noted in a prepared statement that the sites had even received visits from refueling trucks.
Now, that's not to say that there haven't been service interruptions. Equinix's NY9 site "experienced a failed generator that impacted service to several customers," according to the blog post, but repairs were made quickly. Service was only interrupted for an hour and 15 minutes.
Additionally, Equinix's sites in Philadelphia and Washington are operating on utility power.
Other data center operators and cloud providers have been providing updates to customers about the state of their services. Internap, which was affected by a flood in one of its New York-based data centers, is working to keep its services up and running as best as possible, according to its blog posts.
Some of its data center facilities are running on utility power at this point, but others are operating on generator power, with expectations of being back on utility power before the end of the weekend. Internap's NYM008/LGA9 facility, for instance, is currently running on generator power and is receiving five to six fuel deliveries per day to ensure operation. According to Internap, it's consuming 25,000 gallons of fuel per day and is expected to be back on utility power in two to three days.
Considering Sandy was a storm that caused so much damage and even loss of life, cloud data centers have managed to hold out quite well.