Post-hurricane, New York’s internet industry runs on diesel

diesel drums

Diesel fuel drums outside the Peer1 data center in Lower Manhattan.

Just before 5 p.m. on Monday, the team behind New York’s Fog Creek Software announced in a blog post that its services would be online during Hurricane Sandy, despite the fact that the company’s main data center was located in an evacuation zone in the low-lying Financial District.

“Given the preparation work that’s gone into this, we are confident that all of our services will remain available to our customers throughout the weather,” systems administrator Bradford Ley wrote. “Consider this the ‘Everything is Perfectly Fine Alarm.'”

The storm hit. The power went out. Fog Creek’s data center, Peer1, switched to an emergency diesel generator on the 17th floor, just…

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