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Re: BBN (GTE) Suffers another major power problem.
On Fri, 8 Aug 1997, Christopher Masto wrote: > The question is, what gets power? Assuming you're the size of BBN, it > becomes.. er.. "physically impractical" to power everything with a > generator. I know when I was at RPI, though they had a room full of > batteries (3-5 minutes of power), and a huge generator, it was only > enough to power the telephone system and mainframe. In fact, it > couldn't handle the water cooler for the mainframe. But the point is, > even though (I hope) BBN isn't using a power-hungry mainframe, enough > routers, switches, NOC workstations, etc. will eventually add up to > more kilowatts than you can supply yourself. A decision has to be > made as to what stays on and what doesn't. If you're in a 24x7, customer-driven market, you should have either: a) enough go-juice (via fuel contractor) to go until the grid is on-line OR b) smaller NOCs. There is no excuse for a large player like GTE to lose power for any extended period off time. (I can understand a brief, reboot long, outage if something went awry, but hours? No sir.) Rob Nelson President, INTERNOC (tm) the internetwork operating company, inc. +1.210.299.INOC / [email protected]