[FoRK] blogging from NOLA

Ryan King ryan
Sat Sep 3 13:10:43 PDT 2005

On Sep 1, 2005, at 10:19 AM, B.K. DeLong wrote:

> A friend on another list brought up an interesting point:
>> What kind of company puts a high-availability data center on the  
>> 27th floor of a building with glass windows in a city below sea  
>> level, next to the water, and known for hurricanes? Isn't this a  
>> poor choice? Granted, they do seem to be doing fine, but wouldn't  
>> be easier on everybody if this place was buried in the middle of  
>> say, some place not known for floods, fires, earthquakes, or other  
>> natural disasters but still has a good workforce to draw from?  
>> (e.g. Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, etc etc etc)

Indeed. It reminds me of when I was talking to an IT director of  
Walmart once. He was describing their recently built data center - it  
is under a mountain in colorado, has food and water for its employees  
to live on for months, produces all its own electricity.... in short,  
Walmart's data center would survive a direct nuclear attack.

Kinda scary.


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