Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The shape of disaster on the net

Todd Underwood offers a fascinating look at how various natural disasters have caused outages in parts of the Internet. He begins with the recent earthquakes that damaged seven subsea cables in east Asia (the cables built by Global Crossing which now belong to Hutchison Global Communications and Asia Netcom were among the very few that were unaffected). He also looks at the effects on the network from the 2003 northeast U.S. power outages and Hurricane Katrina.

Here's one vote for him to post an offered followup that shows which providers gained and lost transit customers and network capacity in the outages.

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