October, 2011:

A Year With Utility Power

It dawned on us that it’s been a while since we’ve had a power outage or phase imbalance requiring us to switch to generator power (although we do test every two weeks on load), so we did some digging and discovered that indeed the last time there was a utility power outage was back on October 24, 2010.

Over the last year we’ve only observed minor power flickering during weather and at least one lightening strike that caused a citywide (as observed by all of our remote monitoring points simultaneously) hiccup. All of these events where cleaned up by our online UPS system without going to battery.

Colocation Power Updates

All power to full racks will now be provisioned with 20 amp 208 volt three phase service with a three phase PDU. The pricing and power offered will remain the same, but the upgrade from included power will now be a “soft” (billing) change rather than requiring the outlet and PDU to be physically replaced. We feel that this will cover the vast majority of full rack power needs. Upgrading to 30A three phase will still be a “hard” upgrade requiring a a 30 amp circuit and PDU to be installed.

Half racks will remain a 20 amp single phase service due to space restrictions: the three phase PDUs are full rack height while the single phase models are half-height. This allows us to pre-populate racks with the most common power and PDU configurations rather than waiting until the time of order to see if a customer wanted single phase or three phase power to their rack. The net benefit to our customers is faster half rack and full rack availability.

Roller Network provides PDUs and power cords with our colocation service since we use circuits and voltages that are not commonly offered as standard features for most colocation providers in the United States. We provide the infrastructure, you provide what goes in the rack. Roller Network makes it that simple.

Global Crossing is now Level 3

Roller Network has used Global Crossing as a transit provider for our bandwidth mix over the last year. Earlier this year Global Crossing was purchased by Level 3 and we’ve started to receive notices that as of this month our Global Crossing account will now be a Level 3 account. We don’t expect any changes that will impact us operationally (although we’ll be watching closely), and we will be referring to Level 3 as one of our transit providers from this point forward.