Tokyo Data Centers in the Aftermath of the Major Quake

You need to understand that even though there was a big jolt then countless small aftershocks, there was very little damage to the infrastructure in Tokyo. Daily life is almost normal, except for the scare of rolling blackouts, which do not include the special wards of Tokyo. See here for the explanation of the special wards.

So far, there are no blackouts where data centers are located, and therefore no Tokyo area data centers report service interruptions.

CNET Japan has reported on the status of data centers in Tokyo. Most are operating normally. In the case of rolling blackouts, most data centers have enough fuel to operate generators. The majority of them have a special contract as a priority customer with fuel providers as well.

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The situation is fluid, and the status of each data center may change. The following is the status of each at the time indicated:

Freebit (11:50, March 18)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.

Beacon NC (11:50, March 18)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.
  • Built with the antiquake architecture.

NTT Comware (11:10, March 17)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.
  • Fuel source secured by a special contract with fuel providers.

Equinix Japan (18:30, March 16)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.
  • See my visit to Equinix Tokyo here

I2ts (9:30, March 15)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.

IDC Frontier (15:40, March 14)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.

Sakura Internet (15:40, March 14)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.

Bit-Isle (15:40, March 14)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.

NTT PC Communications (15:40, March 14)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.
  • May need to shut down services if cannot secure enough fuel for generators.

KDDI Web Communications (15:40, March 14)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.

GMO Internet Group (15:40, March 14)

  • Data centers distributed with good data backup.
  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.
  • Equipped with generators and UPSs.

FirstServer (15:40, March 14)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.

Ride (15:40, March 14)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.

Wadax (15:40, March 14)

  • No impact from the quake, because operating in western Japan.

K&K (15:40, March 14)

  • Operating normally because exempt from rolling blackouts.

Amazon Web Services Japan (21:30, March 13)

  • Operating normally.

Japan IBM (21:30, March 13)

  • Operating normally.

NEC Biglobe (16:30, March 13)

  • Operating normally.

Nifty (21:25, March 11)

  • Operating normally.
Zen Kishimoto

About Zen Kishimoto

Seasoned research and technology executive with various functional expertise, including roles in analyst, writer, CTO, VP Engineering, general management, sales, and marketing in diverse high-tech and cleantech industry segments, including software, mobile embedded systems, Web technologies, and networking. Current focus and expertise are in the area of the IT application to energy, such as smart grid, green IT, building/data center energy efficiency, and cloud computing.

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