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Re: UUNET connectivity in Minneapolis, MN

  • From: Jerry Pasker
  • Date: Thu Aug 11 16:27:25 2005

ATT must adhere to some diffrent engineering standards; as well devices we monitor there were all fine no blips... but all of the MCI customers we have in IL, MI, WI, MN all had issues...

Power went out at 4:30 ish and ckts all dumped about 8:30 pm...

Then bounced until 6:30 AM this morning.

Not sure I understand how on earth something like this happens... power is not that confusing to make sure it does not stop working.


Maybe they actually *HAVE* standby generators. I have no sympathy for any provider for failure to plan for the inevitable power failure. I only have moderate sympathy for a failed standby generator. It's a diesel bolted to an alternator. The design was solidly debugged by the 1930s..... exercise it, be obsessive about preventative maintenance, keep the fuel polished, have extra filters on hand, and it will rarely let you down. Having to dish out SLA credits isn't punishment enough for failing to have standby power.

On the other hand, if the customers are in contract, and a provider can get away with having their network fall down when there's a power outage and few if any customers actually go through the hassle of seeking SLA reimbursement, then it's really the customers' fault for the provider not having a generator. Yup, this is the screwed up world we live in. :-)

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