Data Centers - Key Communications Hubs in Japan - Continue Work After Quake

Mar. 16, 2011 11:30 AM ETEquinix, Inc. (EQIX)
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As we noted in our previous article, there have been no reports of major data center outages after the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan last week.

Unfortunately, more recent news highlight that damage to the submarine telecommunications cables are probably worse than first believed, with two segments of a trans-Pacific network out of service and at least two other cables damaged.

According to research firm Telegeography, as reported by GigaOm, the following cables have been suffering outages or damages due to the earthquake:

  • APCN-2, which is an intra-Asian cable, forms a ring linking China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.
  • Pacific Crossing West and Pacific Crossing North, which are out of service.
  • PacNet has reported outages on segments of its East Asia Crossing network.
  • Korea Telecom reports that a segment of the Japan-U.S. Cable Network is damaged.
  • NTT has reported damage to some segments of the PC-1 submarine cable system.

Stephan Beckart of Telegeography commented:

There are 20 cable systems that land on Japan's coast, including both trans-Pacific and intra-Asian networks. All the damaged cables appeared to be ones that come to shore north of Tokyo, at the Ajigaura and Kitaibaraki landing stations. Most of the country's cable landing stations are south of Tokyo, and networks located there don't appear to have been affected. All the networks with landings north of Tokyo also have landings to the south, so no system has had a complete outage.

The Japanese Government is recognizing the key importance played by data centers in keeping critical services operating during and after the earthquake, and there are confirmed news reports that it is cooperating with data center providers to support their activities, as reported by Data Center Knowledge:

“The government (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) is

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