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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject MAE West news
Date Wed, 16 Jul 1997 18:59:05 GMT
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>MAE West Down a Second Time
>By Randy Barrett
>	Power failed at the Metropolitan Access Exchange West on the morning of
>July 16, the second time an outage has crippled the major peering point in
>less than a week.
>	At 8:17am PST, a 100-amp breaker failed and cut power to the number one
>giga switch at the MFS/WorldCom portion of MAE West. WorldCom Inc.
>( officials said electricity was restored by 9:06am.
>	During the outage, all Internet service providers peering with MFS at the
>site experienced difficulties handing off data packets, said WorldCom
>spokesperson Linda Laughlin.
>	"The providers on the MFS side were killed," said Rob Bowman, director of
>engineering for Exodus Communications Inc. (
>	On July 11 a similar outage occurred after a construction crew at the site
>accidentally shorted out power. That caused a major slow down in Internet
>traffic on the west coast, particularly for small providers who were not
>‘multi-homed"—or using two backbone providers.
>	MAE West is run cooperatively by NASA Ames Research Center and MFS
>Communications Co. Network operators reported the NASA side of MAE West was
>not affected by the power failure.
>	Laughlin said WorldCom was flying several power engineers to the site to
>evaluate the electrical situation.
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