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How to Properly Manage Data Center Emergencies

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Prepare for Natural Disasters 

Data centers need to be prepared for natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and hurricanes. For data centers located in known seismic regions, it is important that the building is designed to maintain operations both during and after a large seismic event. Some data centers have been structurally renovated to withstand a large seismic event with a base isolation system. The objective of seismic isolation is to structurally isolate a building’s frame from its foundation (and the ground) to prevent horizontal ground motion from causing the building to shake. In addition to the structural enhancements, it is also important to ensure the team has emergency supplies, such as adequate water and fuel, in place for critical operations, as well as drinking water and food on premise to keep the 24/7 staff fed for an extended period.

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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