How to Properly Manage Data Center Emergencies

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Implement an Event Classification System 

Large data centers should develop a standardized response for various types of event scenarios. Classifying scenarios during events as green, yellow or red, for instance, will help prepare the response team and set expectations on the type of response required. For example, there’s a big difference between an event that results in a loss of redundancy versus a customer impacting event. 

Properly managed data centers are highly reliable — a key trait considering they house large volumes of critical business data required for everyday operations. Given that downtime can cost businesses thousands or even millions of dollars, these assets need to be consistently monitored and managed to protect against severe weather, natural disasters and even human errors.

As data centers continue to expand their digital footprints with more interconnected solutions, it's more critical than ever that proper systems and protocols be put in place for any type of emergency that might arise. In this slideshow, Asa Donohugh, director of property operations at Digital Realty, highlights nine steps that data center property managers need to consider to ensure data centers are properly cared for, especially in a culture that promotes transparency and safety. 

 

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