Building a Disaster Recovery Site

I've been planning for a disaster recovery site outside the state of California for the past 6 months, and it's been challenging. If you haven't noticed, hosting space in the USA is getting very tight; all the vendors in the interesting facilities are really tight on space; some even sold out! By interesting I mean that they have high density power/cooling, sufficient networks, and are in a geophysically safe space. That's right, I worry about that kind of thing. Today our primary hosting is in California. Yeah, yeah, I've heard all the "earthquake" worries, and that's why I'm building a DR site outside of CA. I had originally planned to drop our new site on the East Coast. I was in deals with 2 vendors and \*both\* backed out due to our power demands and space constraints. Ok, they didn't back out, they just wanted to \*triple\* our space demands to handle our power needs. Great, that blew out the bank. Next please! Luckily I was able to find a new vendor in Las Vegas of all places! Turns out Nevada Nap has a great facility and another large group in Sun is working with them. Super. Of course, the location is nice because I can zip over there on an hour flight from SFO. Hotels are cheap too! Personally I don't like going to Vegas - I have family there that I enjoy visiting, but having been around Vegas all my life has left me with no interest at all in being in Vegas. One of the most amazing things NevadaNap is doing is to focus on the heat problem of high density server racks. They have patented several features of the racks that have to be seen to be believed, and their total focus on heat has had great results. They can do higher density than almost anywhere else I've seen. They are putting in a new building in Vegas with the highest power capabilities of any building in the USA (although that might be hype - Stanford Linear Accelerator demands a rather large amount of power...) I'm very excited to move into the new facility; and at the same time I hope I'll never have to use it.
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I should have kept a list of the comments when we deployed into CA.

Posted by DiTucci on March 14, 2007 at 11:53 AM PDT #

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