How to Properly Manage Data Center Emergencies

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Train the Operations Team on Emergency Response Scenarios

Having a trained response team that understands critical data center infrastructure on site 24/7 will allow staff to respond effectively and efficiently to events if they do arise. Conducting regular mock drills with staff, and sometimes even customers, on a potential incident keeps everyone alert and prepared to tackle the set of emergency response procedures required to combat issues, such as power failures, control system failures or natural disasters. 

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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