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Earthquake

This is pretty cool, a, earthquake test for Project Black Box from Sun. They take one of their systems to a University in CA that has a platform that can simulate an earthquake. It fares pretty well, and I think this is an interesting model. I think lots of facilities in CA are buit to handle minor shaking, but it's the main collapse of buildings and other structures that causes more damage than having the racks tip over.

I'm looking to move the old Central Publishing hosting, which is now down to a 512Mb/s, 4 u load rather than the 12 u, multi-server, 6-7Mb/s we were using. Our current provider doesn't really have a good model for a small solution, so I'm looking to move.

I went back to two of the providers we'd talked to a few years ago and am trying to comapre the  offerings with a quote we got in Florida. Since Andy pretty much runs the new company, Four Deuce and the training business, it does make some sense to get it down to him, but with the possibility of weather issues, and the pain of packing and sending things, I'd rather keep everything up here and just move it down the road. Now I just need to migrate a few user groups and then pick a provider.  

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