Lesson learned from 10 days on generator power: more weather-proofing needed.

Hurricane Sandy reminded us that Manhattan hosts a surprising number of data centers. The expense of real estate in Manhattan and the potential for flooding would, you might think, drive data center operators to less expensive and safer climes.

But the data centers face demands from customers who want low latency and close proximity to their servers, and many of those customers are in New York. Even the people who run the data centers say they’re surprised the demand is so high. Read more.