Wednesday, April 16, 2014 · 8:50 p.m.

Hurricane Sandy could affect Internet usage locally

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Many online companies, such as Google, have data centers along the Eastern Seaboard. (Photo: MGNOnline)

Snow isn't the only effect Tennessee could see from Sandy.

It could also affect the Internet.

Large online companies such as Apple, Google and Amazon have data centers along the Eastern Seaboard. If the storm takes those centers out, it will affect customers of Netflix and other online services.

"If ... backup generators or secondary power source[s] were to go down, then you'd literally lose power, and all that data in the data center would power off," Steve Brugman, CEO of Nexus Group, said.

Brugman says large corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars backing up data by copying and moving it to other cities and states.

 This article is published with permission of NewsChannel 9.

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