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Michael Petrov
Co-Founder, CEO
11/27/2012
Requirements for Datacenters – Let’s Get Serious! (continued)

To ensure that your equipment runs a smaller chance of being affected by a natural disaster, there are even more factors to consider when analyzing the construction of datacenters.

To start, the datacenter should be on high grounds. Communication and power cables should be routed into your building from 2 different ends.

In addition, an analysis should be made regarding your internet connectivity or remote access. If you have your own AS number and are able to peer and setup BGP between multiple providers, you can guarantee an uptime for yourself, but you’ll need to find trusted partners. If not, you should find an internet service provider who has multiple upstreams that isn’t just connected to a “protected ring” or some sort of redundant connection running on the same ISP.

Though our own core network was stable during Hurricane Sandy, we still ran into service quality issues with multiple partners; Internap being the biggest problem we encountered.  The latency would grow from 3 to 800ms and some packets timed out completely. I’m sure this was a result of an equipment overload caused when Internap was re-routing traffic. Those cases are difficult to troubleshoot as they come and go. Our clients get complaints from their clients about outages or slowness but because they are inconsistent, they are hard to be caught.

As these types of issues are extremely important, I am constantly stressing to my sales team and our clients the significance of having at least 4 redundant upstreams connected to different peering partners available.

   

Replies

Wiseman on 4/1/2013 6:28:38 AM

Ab fab my gooldy man.

 
Savion on 2/28/2013 8:07:22 AM

This info is the cat's pamjaas!

 

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