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How to Properly Manage Data Center Emergencies

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    Prepare for Severe Weather

    In cases of severe weather, the data center team needs to be prepared to ensure uptime by making sure that each data center site is equipped with the necessary vendor supplies needed in case of a power failure, such as HVAC, generator and uninterruptible power supply systems. The most important precautionary measure is to make sure the generator fuel tanks are full, since utility interruptions are a likely possibility. It is also a good practice to keep customers apprised of severe weather events so that they can proactively manage their risk. 

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How to Properly Manage Data Center Emergencies

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    Prepare for Severe Weather

    In cases of severe weather, the data center team needs to be prepared to ensure uptime by making sure that each data center site is equipped with the necessary vendor supplies needed in case of a power failure, such as HVAC, generator and uninterruptible power supply systems. The most important precautionary measure is to make sure the generator fuel tanks are full, since utility interruptions are a likely possibility. It is also a good practice to keep customers apprised of severe weather events so that they can proactively manage their risk. 

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.