New Yorks Diesel-Web

Ich liebe diese Story auf The Verge über das Not-Internet über Fog Creek Software, die während New York im Dunkeln liegt und zu einem Großteil vom Netz abgeschnitten ist, ihre Infrastruktur aufrecht erhalten… mit dieselbetriebenen Notfallaggregator. Gibt dem ganzen Internet-Ding irgendwie eine madmax-artige Erdung, die Story, finde ich:

The storm hit. The power went out. Fog Creek’s data center, Peer1, switched to an emergency diesel generator on the 17th floor, just as planned. Fog Creek’s bug tracking system, FogBugz, remained online. So did its code review service Kiln, productivity tool Trello, and sister site Stack Exchange. But around 9 a.m. the next morning, there came an urgent phone call. Water had surged into the basement and lobby of the data center, immersing the 20,000-gallon tank of diesel fuel and wiping out the fuel pumps and monitoring equipment. There was no way to know how much fuel was left, but Peer1 estimated it at about three hours of power.

The Fog Creek family went into crisis mode. The Trello team hustled to get its service transferred to Amazon’s cloud hosting within 10 hours. Fog Creek had to locate one of its systems administrators, who was incommunicado. An employee trekked to the apartment where his coworker was relaxing without power or cell service, climbed 13 flights to surprise the administrator at his door, and yanked him back to reality.

Then, employees picked up a few five-gallon buckets normally used to hold supplies for the office fish, purchased drums of diesel fuel from gas stations around the city, and headed down to their darkened, flooded data center.

Post-hurricane, New York’s internet industry runs on diesel: Gotham startups go to extremes to stay connected during Hurricane Sandy