Earthquakes and the Modern Data Center

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Utilize Suspended Freight Elevators

When seismic activity occurs, it's not uncommon for certain systems within a building to become inoperable. Freight and primary elevators are important components to keeping the data center up and running, as they allow for the delivery of gas, server cabinets and other large pallets of equipment. In order to ensure the elevators are uninterrupted, data center providers can build auxiliary freight elevators that are suspended from the roof. Without tracks to the basement, these elevators will still be operable after major seismic events. 

In 1989, the 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake hit northern California; it was responsible for dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries, in addition to hurting the local economy with high infrastructural damages and lengthy downtimes for businesses. This past October marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, and the Bay Area's recent 6.0 magnitude earthquake is a stark reminder of the threat of another major quake on the horizon.

Since the event in 1989, people and businesses located along the San Andreas Fault have taken precautions to lessen the impact of seismic activity out of concern for safety and security. When considering where businesses should locate their data centers, risk of natural disaster, as well as the potential impact of associated damage, must be of prime consideration.

For those located along the San Andreas Fault, the primary concerns are earthquakes and, to a lesser extent, tsunamis. As a leading global data center provider with facilities located close to the San Andreas Fault, Digital Realty has highlighted six key elements data center facilities should implement to maximize employee safety and reduce the risk of downtime for businesses during seismic activity. 


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