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Earthquakes and the Modern Data Center

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    Know Your Risk for Tsunamis

    Disaster preparedness doesn't stop within the four walls of a data center. Data center providers must also be cognizant of what is happening outside of the walls. In the event of a tsunami, coastal areas are at risk of flooding and inundation of water. The most effective means of mitigating this risk is simply to be on high ground. The main focus for customers is continuity — they need their provider to keep them online regardless of what's going on. 

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Earthquakes and the Modern Data Center

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    Know Your Risk for Tsunamis

    Disaster preparedness doesn't stop within the four walls of a data center. Data center providers must also be cognizant of what is happening outside of the walls. In the event of a tsunami, coastal areas are at risk of flooding and inundation of water. The most effective means of mitigating this risk is simply to be on high ground. The main focus for customers is continuity — they need their provider to keep them online regardless of what's going on. 

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.