Archive for the ‘Facilities’ Category

Sonic Expands Gigabit Fiber for Businesses

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Sonic has completed Gigabit Fiber Internet construction in the business park network at the Sonoma County Airport, and last week began to activate new Gigabit business customers. The new network spans nine miles, passes hundreds of businesses, lighting over 200 buildings. Some of these locations only had T1 (1.5Mbps) services available ...

San Francisco Cabinets

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The San Francisco Business Times reports that a San Francisco judge has rejected a challenge to AT&T's planned cabinet deployment, which will soon deliver AT&T's U-verse broadband and television services. I've written in the past in support of the infrastructure necessary for broadband service delivery, and I am heartened by this ...

Huge Power Upgrade

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

We have been working on a large upgrade to our power capacity in our datacenter. The work today was a key step in bringing online our new Mitsubishi 500KVA backup power system. This massive unit is our third UPS, the others are a Leibert 130KVA unit and a ...

Steaming

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

It's cool and wet tonight, the perfect conditions for the creation of steam in our cooling plant. Below are a photos of the two cooling towers putting out steam and mist. This equipment uses outside air to cool and compress freon, which is then piped inside to large air handlers ...

Cable lacing introduction

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

One of the arcane arts of telco is cable lacing with wax string. I've been given a crash course by Juston, and I managed to demonstrate on some test cables and ties that the CEO hasn't lost his knack. Here are a couple examples of some simple cable lacing used ...

Going up?

Monday, November 24th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_279" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Lifting cabinets into SNFCCA06 CO"][/caption] You can't say our team (and contractors) don't go the extra mile. Or vertical foot. This morning in the Balboa Park area of San Francisco, we installed two cabinets into SNFCCA06. This CO serves roughly from St. Francis Woods ...

New UPS project update

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

We are in the process of building a third massive UPS for our datacenter in Santa Rosa, and a number of big parts have recently arrived. This project has been underway for over a year now, and is a really large undertaking. The new custom engineered breaker panel board arrived ...

Rewinding power costs

Monday, November 10th, 2008

[caption id="attachment_238" align="alignright" width="442" caption="Efficient datacenter cooling results in reduced costs"][/caption] Our green datacenter cooling system has established a great track record since deployment. Our 2008 total utility costs are projected to come in very near 2006 levels, despite huge growth of equipment in the datacenter. So, more servers ...

Fusion and FlexLink network build update

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Our network build teams are making very good progress on the 19 central offices which we are building out in the first phase. We have had teams in San Francisco, the East Bay, Sacramento and all around Sonoma County over the last month and a half. Here are ...

Cooling is key

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

As noted in the MOTD last night, we had a brief cooling failure in our Santa Rosa datacenter. This turned out fine. We had staff on site, and we have learned some things that will prevent this particular failure in the future. For those interested in the technical reason ...