AboveNet has three 220,000 thousand square-foot ISX co-location facilities in operation in San Jose, Calif., with a fourth under construction at the site and another being built in San Francisco, Munroe said.
As his co-location sites drain energy sources in the 95 to 98 percentile of power usage during peak periods, Munroe said he wonders if utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) can commit to providing the additional hundreds of megawatts of grid power in days to come as AboveNet and its competitors' facilities come online.
"Right now PG&E is the only place to go for [energy] distribution forr Silicon Valley. Over the next one to three years, we are very concerned and actively pursuing a number of options to secure the power we need," Munroe added.
At this time, however, Howison said UUNET is sticking with its traditional strategies, which make use of the public power grid and incorporate UPS (uninterrupted power supply) technology for back up.
"But we and many others have woken up to this issue over the last eight or 10 months, and part of that is due to the issues on the West Coast," Howison said.