TC Makers: Inside The IT Room Of A High-Tech Cruise Ship

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In order to prevent electrical fires, cables on a ship can’t be spliced. This means that a cable that starts at one end of the massive Quantum Of The Seas, Royal Caribbean’s latest pleasure ship, has to be over 1,139 feet long to reach the other end. That’s a lot of cable and it’s a lot of cable management.

Welcome to the world of on-ship IT, a discipline with its own rules, requirements, and techniques. This isn’t like setting up your LAN party because your LAN party doesn’t have to survive 10-foot waves and massive data downloads as passengers stream, Tweet, and Facebook all day and night.

We were lucky enough to be given a tour of the Quantum Of The Seas just as it was going into service. The ship has O3b satellite 600 Mbps connectivity and specially laid-out Wi-Fi access points that take into consideration its…

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