Earthquakes and the Modern Data Center

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Ensure Ample Supply of Backup Water and Gas

During natural disasters, it's imperative to have an ample supply of backup water and gas to keep businesses up and running. As a precaution, each data center facility should stock a minimum of 300,000 gallons of backup water, so it can continue to cool during a disaster without needing a utility water supply. The building should also have 60,000 gallons of diesel stored onsite. 

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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