According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than 150 severe natural disasters occurred across the United States in 2014 and 2015. These events not only disrupted the lives of those in the affected areas, but they also halted…

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It is that time of year. The 2015 Inc. 5000 recently released its list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

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The Secretary of the Treasury, Attorney General and the Secretary of State now have the ability to sanction cyberattackers that threaten national security, foreign policy, or economic health and stability of the United States. On Wednesday President Obama signed an executive order that gives the American government another tool to…

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A Russian man accused of participating in the largest known data breach ever prosecuted has been extradited to the United States to face his charges, the US Department of Justice announced this week.

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Over 80 technology and media companies including fierce competitor Apple, rallied to support Microsoft by signing supporting “friend of the court” briefs on Monday. Microsoft is fighting in a federal appeals court to prevent the US government from seizing customer emails hosted outside of the United States. “Collectively these briefs…

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At a data protection workshop in Paris, a top EU official said Monday that NSA surveillance is hurting EU internet services providers wishing to do business in the US. “The law…which empowers the NSA to basically grab everything which comes from outside the United States, is a real trade barrier…

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One year ago, Hurricane Sandy pounded New York City and the entire U.S. East Coast. While many of Manhattan’s residents were evacuated to avoid the storm’s destruction, two of PEER 1 Hosting’s data center team members—Mike Mazzei and Jeff Burns—stayed at our facility in lower Manhattan to ensure everything went smoothly during the hurricane. We really didn’t expect the storm to have a significant impact on the data center. At the worst, we thought the facility might lose utility power, and Jeff and Mike would need to switch to the building’s backup generators.

We couldn’t have been more wrong. When the storm surge hit on the night of October 29, 2012, the basement and first floor of the data center quickly flooded. The servers are on the second floor, so they were safe from the flooding, but the building’s main incoming utility switchgear and fuel tank reside in the basement, and they were completely under water. There was a limited amount of fuel in the generator header tank on the 18th floor to power the backup generators on the 17th floor, and Mike and Jeff knew that it would only last a couple hours. We quickly realized that Sandy was much worse than any of us had anticipated, and we quickly had to come up with a new plan to keep the data center running.

The initial reaction was to set up for a controlled shutdown, but Mike asked for one more hour to find a solution and prevent any customers from being affected by the storm. When I talked to him next, he told me that other local PEER 1 Hosting employees, and even some of our own customers, had arrived at the data center to help. Together, they were carrying fuel up the stairs to the 17th floor in a makeshift bucket brigade. I have to admit, I was impressed by this resourceful approach. It wasn’t a perfect solution—nor did one exist in a situation like this—but it worked, and the team was able to keep our servers fueled for days. Eventually, we were able to install a temporary fuel hose up to the header tank that feeds the generators on the 17th floor. And when the storm eventually cleared, PEER 1 Hosting’s data center was one of the few in lower Manhattan with power.

Hurricane Sandy was not our first hurricane, and we’ve seen numerous other natural disasters at some of our other data centers throughout the U.S. This was a very different experience, though, and there was a lot to be learned from the unique challenges that Hurricane Sandy presented. For instance, we learned how to set up an effective bucket brigade, and our customers learned that we stand behind our mission statement of being the most human company on the web. We also learned how we can avoid having to be in that situation ever again, along with some best practices to prepare a data center for a looming storm.

Of these takeaways, one of the most important lessons is that there are some things that data center managers simply can’t plan for. For instance, while I would derive significant peace of mind from never putting a generator or fuel tank in a data center basement again, that simply isn’t feasible, as there are issues of structural support on higher floors. We would also pay much more for the space this infrastructure would take up owing to steeper rent rates on higher floors, even though the generators and fuel tanks are very rarely used.

With that in mind, data center managers can actually do quite a lot to prepare their facilities for large storms. Here are my top tips to prepare for hurricane season and, really, any other natural disaster:

  1. Get sufficient staff in the data center before a storm hits. We were extremely lucky to have local Manhattan customers at the data center the morning after the storm to help with the bucket brigade effort. Without all those extra hands, we would have had to do a controlled shutdown of the data center. If you can’t “staff up” before the storm, think about how you’ll get additional support to the facility if it’s needed. For example, you may want to set up emergency response teams near your data centers. That way, if there’s an outage, fire, earthquake or other disaster, you’ll already have a team close by that is ready to help.
  2. Don’t wait until you need roll-up generators or fuel hoses in your data center—get that equipment on site today. Also, think about other supplies that you might need if the data center team has to stay in the facility for an extended period of time. Especially in your storm preparations, stock up on flashlights, sleeping bags, water and non-perishable food so the crew can stay, fairly comfortably, as long as they need to.
  3. Make sure contracts are in place for maintenance, fuel and any other services that may be needed during and after a storm. These contracts will ensure that you have the supplies and assistance you need to get downed infrastructure back up and running, and the fuel to keep it working. Without contracts, you’ll be last in line, and you’ll probably end up shutting down your data center.
  4. Avoid relying on everything going according to plan. You can plan as much as you want, but it’s impossible to be completely ready for any natural disaster. It’s our policy to regularly test a data center’s critical infrastructure and stock extra supplies on site before a storm, but these precautions were insufficient for Hurricane Sandy. You, too, will likely have to operate on the fly and adapt your disaster procedures during a storm.
  5. For service providers like PEER 1 Hosting, it’s important to also think about customers and how you can help them prepare for a potential natural disaster. Counsel customers on the risks of their critical infrastructure failing and offer to help set up a disaster recovery solution. Another option is to use a public cloud environment so that should one facility go down, customers’ applications will fail over to another data center. Remember to also keep customers apprised if something does go wrong. For instance, if and when a storm hits, keep customers involved and aware of the facility’s status, especially if you think you will lose power or need to shut down. We’ve found that initially emailing customers and then posting frequent updates about a facility’s status on our website is the best approach.

Looking back on Hurricane Sandy, it was a very rough recovery and one that I hope to never experience again. But I also believe that the lessons we learned have made us a stronger and more capable company, and I am very proud of what we accomplished for our customers.

Leading article image courtesy of NASA Goddard Photo and Video

About the Author

Hurricane SandyRyan Murphey is VP Datacenter Operations at PEER 1 Hosting. With more than 13 years of experience in data center management and customer-service management in the hosting and network industry, Murphey currently directs the design, budget and capacity planning for PEER 1 Hosting’s 19 data centers across the United States and Canada.

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(The Hosting News) – Cologix™, a network neutral interconnection and data center company, announced today the appointment of Jay Newman as the company’s Chief Sales Officer. As Chief Sales Officer, Newman will be responsible for the sales organization, customer advocacy, the Company’s distribution strategy and will serve a key role on Cologix’s senior executive team.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jay to the Cologix team,” said Grant van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Cologix. “Jay has successfully cultivated distribution capabilities at companies in the data center space through transformational periods of growth. We are experiencing significant acceleration in our business – the time is right for Jay to join our team. He understands the industry and the needs of our customer verticals in both Canada and the United States which creates a strong fit with our platform.”

Newman is an industry veteran who most recently served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales at Peer 1 Hosting, where he oversaw significant growth across the United States, Canada and Europe. Prior to his position at Peer 1, Jay held sales leadership positions at Rackspace Hosting and EMC Corporation. Jay has also held entrepreneurial positions with several successful start-up companies.

“I am very excited to join the Cologix team. Like many in the industry, I have been impressed at Cologix’s fast start, establishing the company as a major North American network neutral interconnection and data center provider in less than three years,” explained Newman. “The markets in Cologix’s platform are expected to see disproportionate growth as the edge of the Internet thickens. Cologix’s strategic focus on colocation and interconnection, demonstrated commitment to invest to meet customer demand, expanding customer relationships and attention to customer experience all signal an exciting phase of growth ahead, to which I am very much looking forward to being a part of.”

With data centers in Dallas, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, Cologix provides one of North America’s largest neutral marketplaces where network operators and network buyers interconnect. Cologix offers more than 330 network choices, manages thousands of interconnections and has over 550 customers that utilize Cologix’s colocation and interconnection services to scale its networks’ needs rapidly and cost-effectively.

About Cologix, Inc.

Cologix, Inc. is a network neutral interconnection and colocation company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, that provides massively scalable interconnection services and secure, reliable colocation services in densely connected, strategically located facilities in Dallas, Minneapolis, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. With more than 330 network choices and fourteen prime interconnection locations, Cologix currently serves over 550 carrier, managed services, cloud, media, content, financial services and enterprise customers. The company’s experienced team of communications infrastructure professionals is committed to providing its customers the highest standard of local customer support. For more information about Cologix, please visit the company’s website at http://www.cologix.com.

Source: Cologix Appoints Jay Newman as Chief Sales Officer

 

(The Hosting News) - GlobeNet is a wholesale secure and reliable, low latency data services over a dual ring-protected fiber-optic submarine cable system serving the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Bermuda.

GlobeNet has a variety of International services, which are engineered for carriers and service providers that are looking to expand their own network or support their retail or enterprise customers’ network requirements between the US and South America.

JL Haber, Vice President of Programming at Multi Media Productions, added, “GlobeNet is an innovator and a leader in their industry. We are excited to have them as a guest on our program.”

About GlobeNet

GlobeNet provides secure and reliable International capacity and wholesale services to carriers and service providers in the Americas. GlobeNet operates in Bermuda, Brazil, Colombia, the United States, and Venezuela. Our 22,500 kilometer subsea network infrastructure connecting North and South America was designed with the latest Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM), Advanced Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH), Carrier Ethernet, and IP technologies.
GlobeNet offers the lowest latency on all network segments to support mission-critical applications with exclusive direct routes from our city-center international PoPs in Bogotá, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Miami and New York.

As a leader in delivering high performance, ultra-fast connectivity, GlobeNet offers the latest in network technology to support robust infrastructures across key markets such as the financial, cloud services, and multi-media video verticals. GlobeNet’s subsea network – built for maximum resiliency – measures availability in excess of 99.99% for reliable and secure network services.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oi, GlobeNet is backed by the largest footprint telecom provider in Brazil.
For more information go to http://www.globenet.net.

About 21st Century Business

21st Century Business is an award winning targeted business show that is independently produced by Multi-Media Productions. The show provides its business viewers an in depth opportunity to find solutions to the industry problems from some of the top business leaders from across the world. Each exclusive segment is taped in our state of the art South Florida Studio.

Once selected, companies are able to present their story and solutions to industry problems in an exclusive way that sets their company apart from the others. With more than 6,000 companies participating on over 600 shows, 21st Century Business continues to be the premier and targeted outlet for the latest business stories.
21st Century Business airs on various national cable networks that are viewed by over 100 million viewers nationwide as well as internationally via DirecTV and Dish Network. The 21CBTV Series is also available at more than 27 prestigious college universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Dartmouth College and Georgetown University.

For specific market-by-market air dates and times, please e-mail Moniqueh@mmpusa.com. For more information, please visit http://www.21cbtv.com.

Source: Globenet to be Featured on TV Series

 

(The Hosting News) - ServerPoint.com, a leading cloud hosting provider offering high quality cloud hosting services since 1998, announces that ColossusCloud is now available in Virginia, United States.

“ColossusCloud is a third generation cloud virtualization platform designed to make it easy and fast to deploy Linux and Windows virtual machines in multiple zones, including Las Vegas, NV, to serve the west coast of the United States and Asia, and now, the east coast of the United States”, says Erik Johnson, CTO at ServerPoint.com. The new ColossusCloud zone is located in Ashburn, VA, at the heart of data center valley. It provides for fast access to all major Internet peering points, reducing latency and increasing responsiveness.

The new location is based on ServerPoint’s well known philosophy of designing infrastructures for maximum uptime. Our Ashburn, VA location is powered by our own network, with multiple routers and 10gigabit uplinks via Cogent and Zayo, along with our own IP space. ColossusCloud’s hypervisors are fully redundant, powered by Xeon E5 CPUs with up to 256GBs of RAM and RAID10 storage devices with SSD acceleration.

The Ashburn, VA zone is now available to all clients and also provides intra LAN private networking as well as all the Linux and Windows templates provided in our other zones. Virtual machines can be deployed with up to eight CPU cores and up to 192GBs of RAM.

About ServerPoint.com
Established in 1998, ServerPoint.com is a respected web hosting and cloud infrastructure company that offers the highest quality Linux and Windows web hosting services, dedicated server hosting and cloud VPS hosting services to thousands of customers worldwide. ServerPoint.com’s core values are aimed at providing customer-focused, high-performance web hosting services tailored to meet specific needs of each individual customer. With a fully redundant network, top quality server hardware and professional support, ServerPoint.com provides customers with improved service levels and a powerful and secure hosting environment.

For more information about ColossusCloud, visit serverpoint.com/en/vps-hosting/features.phtml

Source: ServerPoint.com introduces ColossusCloud Generation 3, Now available in Virginia

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