This fuel truck helped InterNap keep servers running during a Hurricane Sandy power outage.

One thing we learned from Hurricane Sandy is that a surprising number of data centers exist right in the heart of New York City. The expense of building space in Manhattan and the potential for flooding would, you might think, drive data center operators to less expensive and safer climes.

But the data centers face demands from customers who want low latency and close proximity to their servers, and many of those customers are in New York. Even the people who run the data centers say they’re surprised the demand is so high.

“Just the sheer number of data centers on Manhattan is quite surprising,” said Steven Orchard, senior VP of development and operations at the data center hosting company Internap. “There’s a real need and want—whether it’s a need we could all likely debate, but there’s a real want by a certain customer base to have their infrastructure in Manhattan. It’s one of our largest infrastructures because customers request and require that the majority of their gear be there.”

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