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Curious about what'll happen to servers hosted in Miami or Latin America's communications?
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Curious about what'll happen to servers hosted in Miami or Latin America's communications?

We all know Hurricane Irma is set to hit Miami, Florida, as a category 5. This article was published http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/manage/irma-heads-florida-one-miami-data-center-especially-critical and has some pretty interesting information, such as how Equinix's Miami DC, which is also a carrier hub for the undersea fiber optic cables that link Latin America to the US, is preparing by having the data center staff stay inside for an extended period of time in the buildings throughout the duration of the storm to ensure operational continuity, with food, water, cots, etc. The buildings themselves, as with hospitals, nuclear power plants, etc in that area are designed to withstand Category 5 hurricane winds and stand 32 feet above sea level, so any damage to the infrastructure inside the buildings is probably unlikely. So we know the building(s) themselves are designed to be safe, but we aren't sure if the actual fiber optic cables that run off the coast (in that area) will be affected. If they are, BGP and stuff is set up to be redundant so the connections will take the next available route, if any exists, which in most cases one would.

It also appears Vultr's Miami VMs, which are housed in Equinix Miami, are also all sold out, or Vultr stopped provisioning in that location for fear of an outage.

I assume there won't be any major impact on services located in those areas or those undersea cables, but I guess we'll see

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  • QuadraNet_AdamQuadraNet_Adam Member, Provider

    educury said: https://blog.quadranet.com/quadranet-miami-advisory-hurricane-irma/amp/

    Thanks for the mention educury! Due to redundant infrastructure in place, as well as our facility being built structurally to endure a storm like this, we're pleased that we were able to maintain services and support in our Miami datacenter during Hurricane Irma, with zero downtime.

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  • jackbjackb Member, Provider

    @QuadraNet_Adam said:

    educury said: https://blog.quadranet.com/quadranet-miami-advisory-hurricane-irma/amp/

    Thanks for the mention educury! Due to redundant infrastructure in place, as well as our facility being built structurally to endure a storm like this, we're pleased that we were able to maintain services and support in our Miami datacenter during Hurricane Irma, with zero downtime.

    Just out of curiosity - did utility power stay on for the duration? When I saw how flooded the nearby area was, I was a little concerned; but all went well.

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  • @QuadraNet_Adam said:

    any interesting memories?

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  • QuadraNet_AdamQuadraNet_Adam Member, Provider

    jackb said: Just out of curiosity - did utility power stay on for the duration? When I saw how flooded the nearby area was, I was a little concerned; but all went well.

    ehab said: any interesting memories?

    You can view our incident report regarding Hurricane Irma here: http://status.quadranet.com/incidents/d094tq2wjs51

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  • WilliamWilliam Member, Provider
    edited September 13

    ethancedrik said: but we aren't sure if the actual fiber optic cables that run off the coast (in that area) will be affected

    Pole fiber is, pretty much, vanished at least partially. Submarine cables and the buildings for the landing point are not really impressed by any storm, power going to it and the access fiber (which might be pole based, but REALLY in case of long systems should be underground to ensure it is safe) might be an issue though (not sure if all cables can be fully powered from one side; most should be able to).

    For a datacenter this is a planned event, with some preparation time at least - 9/11 went much worse especially in foodfuel supply.

  • Equinix Miami facilities sat on generators for a while.

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