Australian Internet users could be affected by Hurricane Sandy which is battering the east coast of the USA where some of the biggest Internet server farms in the world are located.Companies that are struggling to protect their servers from storm damage include Amazon, Google and Dropbox.
In several areas where the server farms are located, local utility companies are cutting off power with Internet data centres moving to run on generator power as the Category 1 storm gathers momentum as it heads inland.
According to analysts Amazon’s cloud service is powering at least one percent of the entire Internet
Their servers are housed largely in Virginia and other nearby storm zones.
In Australia thousands of users use the Dropbox backup service, also set to be affected is Google services with most organisations now mirroring data to servers outside of the storm zone.