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Author Topic: San Francisco power outage: A lesson in backup power  (Read 2323 times)


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If you haven't really thought about it before, now might be a good time to find out what kind of plans your hosting company has for dealing with situations like this. Some of the better companies go to great lengths to make sure they stay up & running, in case of disaster.

The Web hosting company The Internet Services tests its backup generators monthly and some employees ask if that's really necessary, said manager Urvish Vashi. The blackout in San Francisco Tuesday explains why.

Among the 40,000 customers affected by a nearly two-hour electrical blackout in San Francisco was 365 Main, a Web hosting company whose clients include,, and Their Web sites were among several that were unavailable Tuesday when the local electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric  (PG&E) suffered an outage that cut power to the southern part of the city, including the South of Market area, or SOMA, which is home to several technology companies.

The outage served as a reminder of the importance of backup power systems to keep Web sites, and the businesses behind them, running.


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Re: San Francisco power outage: A lesson in backup power
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2007, 06:54 AM »
Thing is, your hosting company can have the best backup power system in the world... but that won't help much if the power outage knocks down all nearby routers.
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