N.O.R.A.D./MCI Colocation Center: Technical Review


  • Designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes
  • 108,000 square foot building on 12 acres
  • Individual locked cabinet or caged space
  • Over 3,000 tons of cooling capability
  • 4 levels of cable ladder. Separate signal, power, security and control cables


  • 2 diversely routed, redundant commercial power feeds
  • Six 2 Mega Watt back-up power generators
  • 72,000+ gallons of on-site diesel fuel storage (4,000 contained in each generator)
  • 8—1000 Amp UPS units, expanding to 15 (Internet collocation only)
  • 8—8000 Amp DC power plants, expanding to 8+ (Network collocation only)


  • Perimeter security fence with security patrol team
  • 24x7 Uniformed security patrol team
  • Electronic security access control
  • Bio-Metric palm reader identity authentication system
  • Electronic key management system and individually keyed cabinets (Internet collocation)
  • Over 200 interior and exterior security cameras
  • Building Automation and Monitoring Control System

Network Connectivity:

  • Direct, redundant, high bandwidth connectivity to the world’s most expensive, most rigorously engineered Internet backbone
  • 3 separate fiber optic cable rings providing full route diversity (capacity for 36 rings)
  • Currently over 580 individual fiber strands in each direction around the rings
  • Physical connectivity to all major MCI local, long distance and Internet facilities in Florida
  • Built on the MCI backbone, eliminating the need for the “local loop”

Technical Staff Activities:

  • N.O.R.A.D. 24/7/365 remote monitoring
  • On-site certified technical experts available 24x7 for “helping hands” support services
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