Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on the Internet

Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast on Monday, causing massive flooding and millions without power. In today’s statement insurance consulting firm Eqecat said that the power outages “will trigger significantly more insured losses…than were expected” from a typical Category 1 storm of Sandy’s intensity. According to the firm’s new estimates, insured losses are likely to reach $20 billion with total economic damage potentially reaching as high as $50 billion.

Hurricane Sandy Impacts Internet


Hurricane Sandy’s Impact on the Internet

The impact of Hurricane Sandy on the web has focused, in part, on the flooding of three data centers in Lower Manhattan. Back up generator systems that relied on pumps to refuel generators were destroyed. Additionally, there have been reports of outages from major data hubs and other data center facilities are running solely on backup generator power.
However, a major concern, that Amazon’s East Coast data center would go down, did not occur. Analysts predict that Amazon’s Cloud housed at this location accounts for roughly 1% of the internet.
New York City is among the world’s foremost data hubs. As a result of the outages Dotcom-Monitor has observed some Internet processes shifting away from New York City.  Specifically, some network administrators have shifted Internet routing in order to propagate new domain name server (DNS) paths to West Coast back-up systems.

How Dotcom-Monitor Can Help

Dotcom-Monitor is continually monitoring both East Coast clients and clients who are affected by network issues originating out of the East Coast.  Based on ongoing monitoring Dotcom-Monitor is able to pinpoint and diagnosis Hurricane Sandy related server issues, network hiccups, as well as report on website uptime, page speed, and app functionality. With that in mind, as the Dotcom-Monitor system monitors worldwide network latency (see Network Latency list here),  instances of downtime occurring (free check using HTTP and other tools  here), we are committed to helping the broader Internet community recover from this disaster. Therefore, if you are an East Coast business affected by Hurricane Sandy with network uptime, server issue, or website performance issues (free worldwide website performance test here), feel free to contact Dotcom-Monitor at 612-278-1943 for free expertise, instant monitoring tests, and website monitoring as you rebuild. Dotcom-Monitor will assess each company situation to provide the best solution to get you get up and running for you and your clients.

Free Website Tools

If you do not wish to active a complimentary account with us but want to know how your website is functioning on a global level, checkout our Free Website Speed Test. We do have a server in New York which can ping our website locally, or from around the world. Our Instant Browser-Based Website Performance Test can be run as many times as you’d like and requires no information from you.

If you are a current client of Dotcom-Monitor and have a colleague whose website or server was affected by Hurricane Sandy, please share this message with them.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the super storm.
– The Dotcom-Monitor Team


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