Knowledge Center for Internet & Cloud Resilience

If Your Internet is Critical, Make it Climate Resilient


CRi White Paper 

Internet outages are accelerating with the rise of climate change. Barring a solution, the toll to public safety, healthcare, business and national security will be devastating. Nonetheless, for reasons we explain, business leaders, policy makers, the public—even civil engineers—are completely unaware. 
Accordingly, we default to disaster recovery, which is too little, too late, in an age where data underlies all our infrastructure. Fortunately, there's a solution, because no business or government enterprise is resilient without data. 

For more, read: "A New Paradigm for Resilient Internet Infrastructure"

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White Paper on Microgrids & Resilient Internet

Microgrids are the future for resilient, sustainable energy, but if you're planning a microgrid installation, don't forget your greatest use case. Data! 
This paper talks about the essential synergy of resilient energy and data in ways never before addressed. Saving mission critical data is the ultimate purpose for a microgrid, and moreover, integration is seamless, the system is maintenance-free and it improves ROI like nothing else. 

For more, read: "Microgrids Find Their Business Case with Climate Resilient Internet."

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Lights Out: Climate Change Risk to Internet Infrastructure

Here is the seminal white paper on internet vulnerability to climate change, published in 2018 by Professor Paul Barford of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. You won't find a better study of the matter, however its singular focus on sea level rise overlooks a more urgent problem—also a manifestation of climate change—and that's extreme weather.

For more, read: "Lights Out: Climate Change Risk to Internet Infrastructure"


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Sci Am: Wireless Tech Could Help Climate-Proof the Internet

Author, Daniel Cusick, wrote a comprehensive story, interviewing key sources. His piece begins, "Internet interruptions caused by extreme weather events sap billions of dollars annually from the global economy and can interfere with the delivery of essential data and services by governments, utilities and first responders. A Boston-based startup is trying to address that problem by applying climate resilience and adaptation principles to the internet, which experts say is vulnerable to climate change." Published July 3, 2020.

For more, read: "Wireless Technology Could Help Climate-Proof the Internet."

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Medium: Climate-Proof Internet is Here

In this article, we talk about the every day criticality of the internet and its inherent and growing vulnerability to weather. It's a problem even civil engineers haven't recognized, though data underlies all our critical infrastructure from public health to energy and transportation. 

As weather intensifies, we find ourselves too reliant on big telco carriers, who because of their vast footprints, are less able to keep their networks up in a storm than you are. It's the same as with the electric grid. Utility companies can't prevent poles, trees and wires from falling, however you know that you can invest in a power generator. Our proposition is the same, only it applies to data. 

For more, read: "Climate-Proof Internet is Here and Critical Infrastructure Can't Live Without It"

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Certified CRi, Means Never Losing Mission Critical Data

Certified CRi is advancing a new telecom Standard, based on a four-tier specification for resilience to climate change. It certifies hardware, installation practices and maintenance to protect customers as well as providers.  

When it's Certified CRi, the biggest question is how much bandwidth you need. Whether the solution works is more than a matter of faith. Our best practices are based on a collaboration of the greatest thinkers and most experienced professionals in telecom and energy. Climate resilience is more than a promise, it's our passion.