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Lumison - Floods Threaten Internet Infrastructure

Posted: 31st Jul, 2007 By: MarkJ
The CEO of UK ISP Lumison, Aydin Kurt-Elli, has warned that future floods in vulnerable areas could put the entire country’s Internet infrastructure at risk:

“The potent combination of flood risk in the Thames gateway, potentially affecting London Docklands, and datacenter pricing rising by almost 300% in 18 months means that we need a fundamental rethink” said Aydin Kurt-Elli, Lumison CEO. He added, “There is no doubt that the costs of decentralising the UK Internet infrastructure will be far outweighed by the implications of doing nothing.”

With key Internet peering points such as LINX all based in London, and many smaller ISPs entirely reliant on a handful of neutral datacenter operators in the Docklands area of London, Dr Kurt-Elli proposes that we may be sleep walking into a national network disaster should the worst happen.

With the flooding incidents around the country in June and July of 2007, and the ageing Thames barrier reaching the end of its shelf life, this scenario may not be as far fetched as it may seem.

Mercifully the recent floods only impacted a handful of providers to a minor degree, although Lumison makes a very valid point about the effect of such an event upon an area like London.

Many climate scientists believe that the city is likely to suffer as a result of rising sea levels, with major exchanges becoming especially vulnerable. It may be cheaper to put all your eggs in one basket, but it also carries a proportionally larger risk should things ever go wrong.
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