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Inside a Verizon Wireless Superswitch

Soulskill posted about 3 years ago | from the before-the-iphone-ruins-it dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Geek.com has posted a walkthrough of a Verizon Wireless Superswitch, a 45,000 square foot, $50 million facility. From the article: 'The Superswitch we visited, located in Orlando, Fl., is one of about 25 across the US. These control centers are designed to handle mobile calls, SMS, MMS, and mobile broadband for their respective regions. This particular Superswitch faces a somewhat unique problem given its unfortunate proximity to extreme weather conditions, and as such is re-enforced to survive a Category 5 hurricane and still provide service to its area. While definite numbers were unavailable, this center handles millions of calls and texts, as well as tens of thousands of gigabytes of mobile data on an average day, and is designed to scale up rapidly for large events or emergencies.'"

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yawn, get to the juicy stuff (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35613832)

What emergency are they eternally experiencing that makes them send a copy of all SMS traffic to the government?

Re:yawn, get to the juicy stuff (0)

Even on Slashdot FOE (1870208) | about 3 years ago | (#35614362)

The one where they all find out they are de facto breaking the law if they don't? Ignore the fact that sending the copy may be de jure illegal, as de jure does not matter in these instances.

Needs a complete rewrite. (1, Funny)

line-bundle (235965) | about 3 years ago | (#35613860)

"While finite numbers were unavailable," WTF does that mean?

Re:Needs a complete rewrite. (1, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | about 3 years ago | (#35613980)

"While finite numbers were unavailable," WTF does that mean?

It means they wanted to sound smart about not having an answer despite being in charge of it.

Re:Needs a complete rewrite. (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | about 3 years ago | (#35615680)

They also had the incredibly strange line "... only secure persons are allowed onto the facility..." I guess I'd be too insecure to get onto the facility. Maybe they'd let me go inside instead.

But, to be honest, when I looked at the slide show... meh... It's a stupid ugly room inside a stupid ugly building with stupid ugly suburban business park landscaping outside with a bunch of wire, boxes, batteries and generators inside the room. And not even pretty or unusual ones at that. Oh yeah... there are also four cheap, ugly monitors sitting on an ugly table - Verizon won't even pay a few dollars to mount them in a console and give the operator a comfortable chair? How is this different from any other data center pictures (other than being more boring)?

I wasted two minutes of my life for this? Who the hell mods these things up for posting, anyway?

Re:Needs a complete rewrite. (1)

davester666 (731373) | about 3 years ago | (#35619426)

They didn't want to crush your spirit if you accidentally saw the cable connection they use to connect up to the internet.

Re:Needs a complete rewrite. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35615860)

It means that verizon reserves the right to charge whoever they want a definitively outrageous amount for any exceeded minutes used during an emergency. It also reserves the right to declare an "emergency" whenever more users make calls than the obove mentioned, undefined "average day". Additionaly, if your phone is damaged or lost in any "natural" disaster type emergency that happens to fall during a Verizon-defined non-emergency "average day" any loss or damage insurance you have does not apply.

Re:Needs a complete rewrite. (1)

cyberfin (1454265) | about 3 years ago | (#35616268)

Visitor: "So exactly how many calls and data do you handle during an average day?"

Tourguide: "Ehm... your guess is as good as mine. A badjillion? Squared."

Hire a copy editor (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35613866)

Look, I know these articles are user submitted, but there's really no harm in correcting spelling and grammar; in fact it would make this site look more professional.

The word is reinforced. "re-enforced" sounds like the enforcement of a rule didn't work well enough the first time, so it had to be enforced again.

Re:Hire a copy editor (1)

Thud457 (234763) | about 3 years ago | (#35614194)

It's not the submission, it's TFA, I looked. The only thing I can think of to explain that mess is that the writing guy that writes isn't a native English-maker, is trying gamely to writing in a conversational style, and is using a out-of-date edition of "English as She is Spoke" as a style guide.

Re:Hire a copy editor (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 3 years ago | (#35617902)

Look, I know these articles are user submitted, but there's really no harm in correcting spelling and grammar; in fact it would make this site look more professional.

It needs more than spelling and grammar corrections - it pretty much needs a top-to-bottom rewrite. My 5th grade English teacher would have just put a big red "F" on the page about halfway through and given up.

how dependent we've become on our electronics (2)

peter303 (12292) | about 3 years ago | (#35614210)

The solar super-storm, like the one 1859, should make life interesting. Imagine being unable to use your cell phone or internet for week - and you have the Japan situation.

Re:how dependent we've become on our electronics (1)

David89 (2022710) | about 3 years ago | (#35614282)

i can't wait for that to happen, we need a big wakeup call

Re:how dependent we've become on our electronics (1)

donotlizard (1260586) | about 3 years ago | (#35614566)

But I use my cell phone to wake me up in the morning.

Re:how dependent we've become on our electronics (2)

David89 (2022710) | about 3 years ago | (#35614902)

Yes and people before the cell phone age woke up at random hours of the day...

Re:how dependent we've become on our electronics (1)

Bucky24 (1943328) | about 3 years ago | (#35616484)

If you're using a smartphone it should still go off at the right time even if there's no service.

Re:how dependent we've become on our electronics (2)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | about 3 years ago | (#35615028)

Imagine being unable to use your cell phone or internet for week

You mean I might finally be able to get some work done? Maybe that's our ticket out of the economic crisis....

Ferriari (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35614222)

Take a close look at the equipment in the slideshot photo covering the admin's desk.
Ferrari emblazoned acer monitors and a thinkpad. This is my kind of setup :-D

Re:Ferriari (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35617602)

I hope you noticed the (black) Swingline stapler too. I hear it's the only Swingline left in the superswitch since they brought in the Boston staplers. Gee, I hope no one will steal that stapler off that desk...

gov't. sponsored terror/killing world's #1 problem (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35614300)

plus, we're having trouble finding any gov't. that's not using that as it's primary function, besides lying, stealing, media fictionalizing, stuff like that..

all MOMMYS,,, mr. stallman, we're dying here.-- wee key (diaper) leaks group, perishability & play-dates pending world disarmament

Which Switch? (1)

Cytlid (95255) | about 3 years ago | (#35614320)

I love the vernacular "switch". It's a telco switch. Not to be confused with the more nerdy (and hopefully slashdot-friendly) network switch. As in Layer 2 of the OSI model. Because the $50 gigabit switch sitting on my desk can handle "tens of thousands of gigabytes of data a day" as well. Maybe I'm just not impressed with telco stuff, being a network nerd and overall "virtual protocol" kinda guy. Just wanted to point out if you're thinking network switch like I was, you won't be comparing apples to apples.

Re:Which Switch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35614482)

"Can handle" is also not equivalent to "handles", as any network nerd should know. While you're switch might have a theoretical limit close to this, I would imagine that you've never come close to 10 TB of data transfer in a single day.

Just because you have a really fast processor in your machine doesn't make Google's data center any less impressive.

Re:Which Switch? (1)

Cytlid (95255) | about 3 years ago | (#35614514)

This isn't a datacenter. It's a telco central office. My point is there's a big difference.

Re:Which Switch? (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | about 3 years ago | (#35615106)

Re:Which Switch? (2)

Panaflex (13191) | about 3 years ago | (#35615866)

This really isn't a POTS type switching system anyway - it more closely resembles a protocol splitter. You get an IP gateway for cellular data, SS7 over ATM for voice, and perhaps an IP gateway for SMS messaging. Of course the real meat of the operation is the BILLING SYSTEM!

Re:Which Switch? (1)

jgrahn (181062) | about 3 years ago | (#35615606)

I love the vernacular "switch". It's a telco switch. Not to be confused with the more nerdy (and hopefully slashdot-friendly) network switch. As in Layer 2 of the OSI model. Because the $50 gigabit switch sitting on my desk can handle "tens of thousands of gigabytes of data a day" as well. Maybe I'm just not impressed with telco stuff, being a network nerd and overall "virtual protocol" kinda guy. Just wanted to point out if you're thinking network switch like I was, you won't be comparing apples to apples.

The article mentioned LTE, which implies mobile broadband. That's not too far away from normal IP networking.

Re:Which Switch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35619454)

Verizon wireless switched to IP transport 3 years ago, so, in fact it is a switch (phone provisioning and call/handoff processing) in addition to an IP switching facility.

Please, these guys have your job in addition to making calls work in a very messy RF world. Don't look down your nose at them.

Is there an editor in the house? (2)

snspdaarf (1314399) | about 3 years ago | (#35614328)

Two of the generators run simultaneously when not relying on battery live to power the facility in an emergency, and the third generator acts up in case of failure. In the event that another facility is unable to keep two generators running, a mobile generator that has been built into a large trailer is able to be delivered and used to keep the lights on. With two very large gasoline tanks underneath the facility, the generators are able to work with the batteries to keep the facility running as smooth as possible during a crisis.

Man, they need a new third generator if it acts up in case of failure. Also, how many large facilities use gasoline to fuel their generators? the whole thing reads like someone a little too star struck about being allowed inside the fence.

Re:Is there an editor in the house? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35614618)

I had the same impression about the author. Rather amateurish writing.

Re:Is there an editor in the house? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35615638)

I hear Microsoft data centers use the tears of children to power their generators.

Re:Is there an editor in the house? (0)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | about 3 years ago | (#35615722)

I hear Microsoft data centers use the tears of children to power their generators.

Didn't they just apply for a patent for that?

Re:Is there an editor in the house? (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 3 years ago | (#35617082)

the whole thing reads like someone a little too star struck about being allowed inside the fence.

Welcome to "citizen journalism" - I have the same problem with all of those tech websites like Anand and Tom's Hardware, etc. The writers are all just hobbyists and the best they can do is amateur level analysis.

It's not just tech sites though, go to somewhere like jihadwatch or most any anti-global-warming website and you'll get all kinds of pontification by people with zero big picture understanding - utterly lacking the ability to evaluate a piece of information with respect to any serious amount of context. The worst are the ones who don't even know enough to know how narrow their knowledge really is.

Re:Is there an editor in the house? (1)

Confusador (1783468) | about 3 years ago | (#35620332)

I'm curious where you would suggest a hobbyist like myself get tech news, if not from Anand. It sounds like you have some better sources.

Re:Is there an editor in the house? (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 3 years ago | (#35622894)

I'm curious where you would suggest a hobbyist like myself get tech news, if not from Anand. It sounds like you have some better sources.

Anand's ok for news, as are almost all of them. Just not analysis. The problem is that the people who are able to do good analysis frequently have more lucrative things to do than blog about it on a regular basis. I've found that if you want expertise you have to find the niches. RISKS Digest is great for analysis of tech news with respect to, well, risks. The comp.arch usenet newsgroup can get pretty in-depth about chip and system architecture.

The one-stop shop for general tech analysis probably doesn't exist. Ars Technica may have the best non-niche coverage, but I'm not a regular reader so can't say how consistent they are. For the most part, I've given up looking for such a generalist website.

Telco power (1)

DragonHawk (21256) | about 3 years ago | (#35617584)

If it's anything like any of the other telco installations I've seen, the facility is *always* running on battery power. Telcos run just about everything off 48 volts DC. City power runs rectifiers to keep the batteries charged. If city power fails, the batteries just begin discharging. The generators come online if city power is out for more than a minute or so.

This is a much better system that most "data" centers, with multiple conversions from AC to DC and back, automatic transfer switches, etc.

Additionally, telco COs usually have two sets of batteries, two sets of wiring in the building, and all the equipment has two power inputs.

Re:Telco power (2)

snspdaarf (1314399) | about 3 years ago | (#35618890)

Ok, fine. I am either missing your point, or you are missing mine. When someone writes "and the third generator acts up in case of failure", they are not paying attention to what they are writing. Also, I seriously doubt that they have gasoline tanks under the facility. Diesel or propane is far more likely to be the fuel. At no point did I question 48VDC operation (I would have loved to convert our facility over, but I could not justify the cost). I was expecting a story about the technology, and what I got was filler for Parade.

Holy crap, have some standards, Slashdot/Geek.com (1)

EjectButton (618561) | about 3 years ago | (#35614400)

This article does not appear to have gone through any sort of editing process, it also does not appear to have been written by someone familiar with the subject matter.

Additionally, if you are a tech news site and have the opportunity to tour a Verizon data center, maybe come back with more than 9 pictures from a cell phone camera.

Re:Holy crap, have some standards, Slashdot/Geek.c (1)

MrLogic17 (233498) | about 3 years ago | (#35615460)

And somebody tell that guy to clean off his cell phone's camera lens. Every single picture had a hazy blur - like fingerprints over the lens.

Rather shortsighted eh? (1)

brendank310 (915634) | about 3 years ago | (#35614408)

If I were building a superswitch, it would easily be category 5e or category 6 ready.

Re:Rather shortsighted eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35614850)

Well played.

Moral of the story: (5, Insightful)

timster (32400) | about 3 years ago | (#35614422)

If you're invited inside a big datacenter and want to take good pictures, at least rent an ultra-wide-angle lens. These pedestrian shots of individual wiring cabinets feel extremely flat.

Re:Moral of the story: (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 3 years ago | (#35617936)

If you're invited inside a big datacenter and want to take good pictures, at least rent an ultra-wide-angle lens. These pedestrian shots of individual wiring cabinets feel extremely flat.

I doubt the article's author is a photographer. Even so, no need for an ultra wide lens, just something better than a pocket point-and-shoot and a little knowledge of photography. Actually, if you know what you're doing even a little point-and-shoot can produce better photographs than those in TFA.

Re:Moral of the story: (1)

adolf (21054) | about 3 years ago | (#35620266)

I doubt the article's author is a photographer.

I, myself, doubt that the author is a good writer.

If the author is neither a decent writer nor even a mediocre photographer, what business does he have publishing anything involving both of these concepts at once?

Don't get me wrong. I think anyone should be allowed to publish anything, no matter how insipid, inane, or even purposefully incorrect it might be. But I also feel that editors exist for a reason, and that this particular FA should've been edited into oblivion rather than posted on Slashdot.

Thousands of gigabytes! (5, Funny)

TonTonKill (907928) | about 3 years ago | (#35614486)

That's huge! I wish we had a word to describe such a large figure. I will attempt to create one. I will call this value "ginorbyte". One ginorbyte of mobile data is approximately equal to one terabyte of regular data.

Re:Thousands of gigabytes! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35617666)

I have nearly a gynebyte of lesbian pr0n

I'll say it: Not great photos either (1)

jetblackstrat (952885) | about 3 years ago | (#35614492)

Any of those pictures could easily have come from the itsy-bitsy Rural LEC I used to work for. None of those photos really show me anything SUPER! It just looks like any other CO in the world. That said, I'm sure it's massive and there were opportunities to take much more impressive photos than this. Close ups of telco racks will always look like close ups of telco racks, no matter where they're at.

"tens of thousands of gigabytes" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35614554)

oh, you mean like ten terabytes? so just say ten terabytes.

"superswitch"... you mean a place where lots of audio and data communications converge in a large central building designed for lots processing? hmm, kinda like a DATACENTER? so just say datacenter.

this writer is a moron.

Re:"tens of thousands of gigabytes" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35614786)

But it's not a data center.

It is a rather large telco switch.

too organized... (1)

hitmark (640295) | about 3 years ago | (#35614804)

must be a recent setup, as it seems that there have been no "temporary" quick-fixes applied.

NEBS? DC power? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35614868)

I worked in a field related to telco a few years ago now, and NEBS-rated equipment used to be generally mandatory. Most servers were also using 48 VDC.

Anyone know if this is still a big deal? Or have the telcos moved to more "commodity" stuff in recent years?

Re:NEBS? DC power? (1)

Akatosh (80189) | about 3 years ago | (#35615246)

commodity stuff, softswitches on hp/sun servers etc

Re:NEBS? DC power? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35616766)

which most happen to be nebs certified and use dc power.....
unless of course you order it with AC...

but anything that goes into an ilec central office still has to be dc and nebs
here in new england.

Re:NEBS? DC power? (1)

matfud (464184) | about 3 years ago | (#35617112)

Same here in old england. Although It has been a while so I do not know if that is true anymore.Others said that they could pick up a router for less. They are not routers and as specialised equipment they cost a lot more. When a decent router costs over 20K is it surprising that they cost more? When it is old hardware it is a given.

Re:NEBS? DC power? (1)

matfud (464184) | about 3 years ago | (#35622606)

I can get a router for my home that costs that $200 dollers.A medium to large company would pay a lot more. 10's of thousands. Beyound that it is mostly up to how much can be charged. 1.5 million is the most I heard of. Big soding machines. Optical routing.

What is wrong with the scripts on slashdot. They are wonky. Adding info causes an update that removes it.

Re:NEBS? DC power? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35616972)

Verizon have requirements that in some regards exceed NEBS. These are easy to find with a Web search.

As to DC power: note the battery plant in one of the photographs, and in the breathless and poorly edited narrative.

Wireless Superswitch? (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | about 3 years ago | (#35615060)

You mean like a MSC?

This looks like it was written by someone who knows nothing of how cell phones work.

MSC (1)

DragonHawk (21256) | about 3 years ago | (#35617638)

"You mean like a MSC?"

Well, it's Verizon. They're a CDMA (IS-95/2000) carrier, so they prolly have a different acronym. MSC is a GSM term, and it seems like the competing standards have to come up with their own terminology for everything.

I do agree that this article and its author were lacking.

looks like a normal central office (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35615152)

all of verizon's central offices look like this in a major city.
been in one... you have seen them all...

If you zoom in really close... (4, Informative)

Slutticus (1237534) | about 3 years ago | (#35615412)

...to picture # 3, you can see one of the cables says "to NSA". They really are pulling out all the stops to compete with AT&T.

Re:If you zoom in really close... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35615916)

Took me a while to find it, but sure enough, it's printed right there on the cable. Honestly, how do these people sleep at night?!

Re:If you zoom in really close... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35616330)

It does say NSA but it could mean lots of things. Maybe they misspelled "NAS".

Now, what strikes me as weird are thoise Acer Ferrari LCDs

And worse yet, the analog Panasonic phone. I mean, having the best and latest in telecom technology and using an analog Panasonic PBX?

Re:If you zoom in really close... (1)

adolf (21054) | about 3 years ago | (#35620322)

Now, what strikes me as weird are thoise Acer Ferrari LCDs

Perhaps they offered the best bang-for-the-buck. Or perhaps they were reasonably priced to such an extent that the premium for the Ferrari logo was minimal, and worth the fun.

And worse yet, the analog Panasonic phone. I mean, having the best and latest in telecom technology and using an analog Panasonic PBX?

I don't see a Panasonic phone anywhere.

I do see something awfully close to a Nortel/Aastra M5316, which is anything but an analog phone. And it makes sense: Verizon, like many former RBOCs, likes Nortel just fine and uses/sells/maintains their switches all over the place -- why not at home?

It's not IP, but that really doesn't matter: From the looks of their beautifully-presented 110 blocks (replete with waxed string), these guys won't bat an eyelid at cabling in a dedicated pair for a phone in an office.

Re:If you zoom in really close... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35617140)

I don't see it. That would be friggen hilarious though.

Re:If you zoom in really close... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35618380)

...to picture # 3, you can see one of the cables says "to NSA".

This is a lie.

we demoan justice (1)

epine (68316) | about 3 years ago | (#35615444)

We donâ(TM)t just want our mobile devices to work, we demand it.

Tell me why the cruel, popular kids were spit-balling the geeks, when this human pocket protector with the swank haircut was roaming free? Sense of priorities in life: off scale low.

Actually, what we really demand are subsidized handsets. After that deal with the devil, we're pretty much powerless to influence any other aspect of how the system works.

Re:we demoan justice (1)

matfud (464184) | about 3 years ago | (#35617200)

In many parts of the world mobile phones are quite cheap and there is no requirement to sign a contract. It is an american thing which seems odd to most of us. Choose not to get roped into a contract and perhaps the companies will change. Not much hope there.

I must be losing my geek (1)

glwtta (532858) | about 3 years ago | (#35615780)

I expected to see a bunch of pictures of random wiring cabinets, and I did see a bunch of pictures of random wiring cabinets, and somehow failed to get excited about it.

_NSARoom (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35616020)

You haven't had a real walk-through of a communications complex unless you're hurried past the unobtrusive "storage room" that has weird electronic humming coming from it.

Cellphone rack? (1)

FrankieBaby1986 (1035596) | about 3 years ago | (#35616030)

Anybody else notice the array of cellphone on a rack in one of those pictures? What was that about? TFA didn't seem to say (I only skimmed it)

Re:Cellphone rack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35616430)

Anybody else notice the array of cellphone on a rack in one of those pictures? What was that about? TFA didn't seem to say (I only skimmed it)

That's how they test their network [geek.com] .

Re:Cellphone rack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35621850)

The author posted a video the next day of what exactly those phones were doing.

http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/how-carriers-test-their-networks-20110325/

Cat 6 (1)

rduke15 (721841) | about 3 years ago | (#35616246)

Finally, I understand why we need Category 6 Ethernet cable. Because it "is re-enforced to survive a Category 5 hurricane".

And that's also why IPv4 is not good enough and we need IPv6, I guess.

Re:Cat 11 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35616432)

God it is all so simple. They should just go the extra mile and get Cat-11 and Ipv11 /spinal tap

All that technology (1)

Vrtigo1 (1303147) | about 3 years ago | (#35616456)

And they have a busted old Nortel phone sitting on the desk. I guess the telcos really do have VoIP.

This is an Average MTSO (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35617606)

This is the lousiest techie article I've seen in awhile. The MTSO, while well built, isn't really that exceptional or a "superswitch" per se. Furthermore, you can tell the author didn't get a tour by anyone with much authority or knowledge at the company. They wouldn't have let them take a picture of the desk all messy with papers on it, nor would they have let them give the location of the switch. Some poor switch tech that let his buddy in one day to take pictures is probably filing for unemployment right now.

Mobile handsets in data centre? (1)

illtud (115152) | about 3 years ago | (#35618650)

Can anybody explain the mobile handsets wired up to the rack in what look like hand-free brackets in picture #3?

I'm just really curious that they do that (why actual handsets?), and what for?

Re:Mobile handsets in data centre? (1)

danlock4 (1026420) | about 3 years ago | (#35619158)

They look like the "free" handsets you can get when you sign up for a contract. They're probably pre-owned and being purged of anything that isn't part of the vanilla handset. Perhaps it's a part of a refurbishing process, too. Loading newest firmware and preparing them for use as "like-new" phones.

Re:Mobile handsets in data centre? (1)

illtud (115152) | about 3 years ago | (#35620782)

They look like the "free" handsets you can get when you sign up for a contract. They're probably pre-owned and being purged of anything that isn't part of the vanilla handset. Perhaps it's a part of a refurbishing process, too. Loading newest firmware and preparing them for use as "like-new" phones.

But that would never be done in a data centre, that's a service centre activity. They must be signalling or something. I wonder if it's part of testing/monitoring - you can't be sure that your network is working without end-to-end testing from a handset.

One storm like Katrina.... (1)

TheHawke (237817) | about 3 years ago | (#35619128)

And it'll be curtains for the data center's infrastructure.

Very, very poor location for a high level center people.

Re:One storm like Katrina.... (1)

nxtw (866177) | about 3 years ago | (#35619534)

And it'll be curtains for the data center's infrastructure.

Very, very poor location for a high level center people.

According to the article, the datacenter handles mobile traffic for the region it's in. Assuming the region is Florida (or most of it), where else would you put such a center?

Same designers as Fukushima ? (2)

vaporland (713337) | about 3 years ago | (#35622944)

A triple shot of powerful, room-sized generators as well as four massive rows of very large batteries are in place should the lights go out. . .

. . . the whole (generator) room is sunk a bit deeper than the rest of the facility to ensure anything that could happen would be contained to the room.

So the batteries and generators are below the level of all other flooring.

During flooding, won't water flow first to the lowest point in the building?

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  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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