Major Data Centers Report No Earthquake Damage

Today’s earthquake on the East Coast of the U.S. appears to have been a non-event for the region’s data centers, many of which are located in Virginia, where the epicenter of the quake was located.

Terremark, whose NAP of the Capital Region data fortress in Culpeper, Virginia is about 35 miles from the quake’s epicenter in Mineral, Va., reported no issues. Also unaffected was QTS – Quality Technology Services, which operates a huge data center in Richmond.

“QTS is pleased to report that neither its Richmond Data Center nor its Jersey City Data Center experienced interruptions,” reported chief technology officer Brian Johnston. “QTS implements disaster preparedness precautions at each of its 12 state-of-the-art facilities to ensure our customer’s mission-critical data is secure in unlikely events like today’s earthquake.”

DuPont Fabros, Digital Realty Trust and Equinix all reported no issues with any of their facilities related to the earthquake and its aftermath. Both companies own multiple data centers in northern Virginia.

Sungard Availability, which focuses on disaster recovery services, also reported no impact to its operations.

“Twelve of SunGard Availability Services’ facilities in the Northeast were in the zone of today’s moderate earthquake that was centered in Virginia,” said SunGard Availability Services spokesperson Marifran Manzo-Ritchie. At this time, all systems are working normally and we have no reports or indications of any power outages in any of our data centers or workforce recovery centers.  SunGard Availability Services remains on high alert. We are in contact with our customers and we continue to monitor facilities for any incidental damage or related issues.”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. A few weeks back someone on a forum noted that they'd never seen a reference list of datacenter UPTIME. I've been collecting information and have built a list for commercial datacenters at Check it out and send me more data if you have it! Some of these guys have a long period of uninterrupted service as this story indicates.