A big topic for movies and television series lately has been the zombie apocalypse. It got me thinking… Just how long could Netsonic power the servers in our datacenter in the event of a zombie apocalypse? The outbreak of a zombie virus counts as a disaster, natural or not. So, just how long could our disaster recovery and data backup plan last….
Netsonic’s Zombie Apocalypse Plan
Assuming that the zombies cannot eat through metal and silicon boards and do not drink diesel fuel, our generator will keep everything up and running for approximately 4 days. After 4 days we would need to refuel. Our engines can be refueled while the engine is still running, known as hot refueling. On premise, we keep about 400 gallons of fuel. Roughly that same amount needs to be used for each complete refuel.
It is uncertain when we would lose power. It would depend on the zombies behavior and where the outbreak begins. Nonetheless, after we lose power, we would have 4 reliable days with the generator. After 4 days we would need to venture out for more fuel. First, we would call the guys with the diesel tank trucks. Maybe the first day, they haven’t turned into zombies and are willing to deliver us diesel. Maybe 4 days later, they still aren’t zombies, but they’d rather not risk their lives delivering diesel or maybe they’re zombies. In either of these cases, we would resort to traveling to and from the neighborhood gas stations that sell diesel.
The nearest station is 0.2 miles away which would take 6 minutes traveling afoot there and back, 5 minutes to fill our cans, so about 11 minutes total. Say we only have a bunch of 5 gallon diesel cans, but there are 5 netsonic employees in office. Someone who would have to stay behind and hold down the fort so the remaining 4 of us go out, each carrying 2 cans. 8 5gal cans equals out to 40 gallons for every 11 minute journey. To get 400 gallons of fuel we’d need to make 10 trips equaling out to an hour and 50 minutes every 4 days to do a complete refuel on the generator to keep your data safe.
How is that for a proper planning for the inevitable – a Zombie Apocalypse?
We’d probably be able to keep your servers up and your data protected a lot longer than you could on your own. Assuming you don’t have large generators, large banks of batteries, a secured building in which you keep your servers, and redundant utilities. It doesn’t hurt to check out what Netsonic offers for disaster recovery and data back up plans.You never know when the zombie apocalypse might happen.