[SASAG] New Data Facility in Lynnwood

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Fri Mar 30 14:06:21 PDT 2007


Lots of fun to stop by yesterday, and when it's done, I'm sure this will 
shape up into being a great facility. My observations:

- Facility is a former REI building which was built using lots of 
(combustible) wood. Pleasant to look at, but I worry a lot more about 
fire control in a building like this.
- Corollary: fire control is a sprinkler system (water). Yikes! Not sure 
whether there are plans to replace this? Hope so...
- Racks are powered and HVAC is configured for high density. Each rack 
can draw over 9000W apiece with adequate cooling (configured with 
hot/cold row inline refrigeration). However, backup generator currently 
installed (Cummins diesel) can supply only .5MW. NetRiver says that they 
plan to scale backup generation capacity as their racks are populated.
- Not sure how much fuel is on hand or storage capacity/run time. 
NetRiver was pretty confident in their fuel service contract, but in an 
emergency, this won't be worth the paper it's written on. Just ask the 
DirectNIC guys!
- Currently connected to Snohomish PUD, but only on one grid. Redundant 
grid connection is in the works, but not installed yet, leaving the 
facility vulnerable to localized outages in the interim.
- Fiber to Westin Building via Global Crossing. 30Gbps theoretical 
capacity, but only one strand is lit. I understand (although was 
skeptical to hear this--is it really this bad?) that there is no 
redundant connectivity of any sort into the building. Being one backhoe 
incident away from disaster definitely isn't somewhere I'd want to put 
anything critical.
- Access controls are pretty relaxed, and collocation isn't in locked 
cages. This isn't necessarily a problem, as long as all visitors to the 
facility are escorted and monitored throughout their visit. However, it 
might be hard to scale this security approach if it gets busy.
- Emergency exit door does not appear to be alarmed, and is a vulnerable 
spot.
- Facility supports the use of seismic base isolation platforms. 
Although NetRiver sells this gear, they don't appear to use it on their 
own racks. A tepid endorsement at best. :)
- Shared hosting blade server is connected to a small HP SAN (can scale 
to 30TB, built out to 1TB now). The SAN was installed by an HP 
consultant so I assume it was configured properly, but I couldn't tell 
whether there were redundant HBAs on the blade server (I couldn't see 
from outside, and didn't want to open up their rack and start poking 
around). Prior to purchasing a VPS or blade from NetRiver, informed 
consumers should probably ask for more details.

The CEO of NetRiver announced that, having successfully completed this 
facility (although "completed" is perhaps debatable based on the above 
noted concerns), he's already planning to build another one. Clearly, 
NetRiver wants to grow rapidly; potential customers should be cognizant 
of the growing pains this can entail.

Overall, the facility is about 90% complete at this point, and I think 
it'll be really nice when it's done and fully staffed (they're still 
short a couple of NOC technicians).

-TProphet

Josh Fulleton wrote:
> Thanks for all the hype!  It will be a great event, and I am looking
> forward to meeting some of you.  
> 
> Don't hesitate to give me a call in the future if you can't make it, I
> will be more than happy to give private tours.
> 
> Josh Fulleton - Account Manager
> NetRiver Corporation
> 425-741-7014 Office
> 425-967-0066 Direct Desk
> www.netriver.net
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: members-bounces at lists.sasag.org
> [mailto:members-bounces at lists.sasag.org] On Behalf Of Jim Hogan
> Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 5:46 PM
> To: Josh Fulleton
> Cc: members at lists.sasag.org
> Subject: Re: [SASAG] New Data Facility in Lynnwood
> 
> Josh,
> 
> I am going to do my best to attend.
> 
> I just wanted to help out a bit -- do what I could to raise expectations
> :)
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Jim
> 
> On 3/26/07, Josh Fulleton <josh.fulleton at netriver.net> wrote:
>> Jim,
>> I am not exactly sure what APC is going to be giving away as of yet.
>> Once I find out I will be sure to post exactly what.  I know there are
>> going to be some nice items that will be raffled off.  Overall it is
>> going to be a great event to network with people, get some free food,
>> and also learn more about what we are up to over here in Lynnwood.
>>
>> Josh Fulleton
>> NetRiver Corporation
>> 425-741-7014 Office
>> 425-967-0066 Direct Desk
>> www.netriver.net
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: members-bounces at lists.sasag.org
>> [mailto:members-bounces at lists.sasag.org] On Behalf Of Jim Hogan
>> Sent: Saturday, March 24, 2007 11:15 AM
>> To: Josh Fulleton
>> Cc: members at lists.sasag.org
>> Subject: Re: [SASAG] New Data Facility in Lynnwood
>>
>> Josh,
>>
>> Awesome.  I love coffee mugs.  Now did you say that you are having a
>> drawing for a custom SUA1500 with included AP9617 and a custom
>> silk-screened front panel with blue LED status lights?  I am
>> *definitely* driving to Lynnwood if that rumor is correct.
>>
>> Jim
>>
>> On 3/23/07, Josh Fulleton <josh.fulleton at netriver.net> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hello Everyone,
>>>
>>>                 I am new to this list and want to first start by
>> saying
>>> hello.  So Hello!  Anyways, I want to let everyone know that the
>> company I
>>> work for is having an Grand Opening next week, and guess what, you
> are
>> all
>>> invited.   This is an APC sponsored event so there will be lots free
>> food
>>> and beverages, not to mention tours of our brand new High Density
> Data
>>> Center.
>>>
>>> We will be doing live presentations, Tours, Q&A Sessions, and
>> Giveaways.
>>> The first 600 people will receive an APC/Netriver Mug so come early
> to
>> make
>>> sure you get one!
>>>
>>>
>>>  We will are RSVPing so if you want to come fill out our online form
>> at:
>>>
>>>
>>> http://www.netriver.net/rsvp.html
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> if not don't worry about it just show up, see below for the details:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thursday, March 29th , 2007 1:00pm - 8:30pm
>>>
>>> Ribbon cutting at 3pm, Seminar presented at 6pm
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Where:
>>>
>>> The NetRiver Building
>>>
>>> 4200 194th Street SW
>>>
>>> Lynnwood, WA 98036
>>>
>>> Ground Floor
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Josh Fulleton
>>>
>>> NetRiver, Inc.
>>>
>>> 425-741-7014 Office
>>>
>>> www.netriver.net
>>>
>>>
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>>
>> --
>> -*-  Jim Hogan
>>      Seattle, WA
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