While hurricanes pose the biggest threat to an area in which they first land, they can also cause significant damage after making landfall. After witnessing Hurricane Harvey catastrophically affect the Texas Gulf Coast, the importance of taking steps to ensure your data center can handle unexpected weather was reinforced.
As we’ve seen, hurricanes bring with them torrential rains, strong winds and floods. After the initial threats pass, there may be extended power outages and a shortage of water and connectivity. Even if a data center is not in the direct path of a hurricane, it can still experience the effects of the storm.
The best way to ensure maximum uptime in a data center during a hurricane is preparing well in advance. By having systems and plans already in place, operations can keep going when a hurricane does hit. Here a few things that can be done to ensure preparedness:
- Back up data. This is important regardless if there is a weather emergency. It will help ensure that no data is lost when one occurs.
- Have a back-up generator. Power outages are common during hurricanes, so ensuring that back-up generators are ready to use is crucial. Also, having a full supply of fuel to maximize the amount of time it can operate is beneficial.
- Utilize a Data Center in a less volatile natural environment. Having a data center away from the coastal area and on an enhanced power grid can mean the difference between success or possibly bankruptcy in a prolonged outage situation.
- Have a failover location outside of your geographic location. Having a data center located a significant distance from your business operations can be of value if your current data center is taken down in a massive natural event. Having access to a facility wherein you can load your most current backup can enable you to get back to business while repairs are made to the downed data center.
- Be aware of water. Hurricanes usually bring lots of flooding with them. Checking the drainage around a data center can help ensure there is no damage due to excessive water buildup.
- Cooling. After strong hurricanes, clean water supplies may be disrupted. Having a backup plan to continue cooling a data center is important.
Located in downtown Dallas, Provision Data Services will not be directly affected by a hurricane, but we still take necessary precautions for unexpected weather. Our location gives us access to multiple power substations, whose delivery lines are located underground and therefore protected from outside elements, as well as more capacity of self-generated power in the advent of a utility outage.
Our operations are also powered by Oncor’s switching network grid that has multiple feeders for redundancy. Should there be a service disruption caused by the effects of a storm, we have additional backup power and multiple generators to keep all operations going.
By using advanced weather technologies, data centers can stay ahead of the storm. Real-time data allows customers to be aware of incoming severe weather in time to prepare. It is important to make sure our clients are always operating, regardless of weather.
To learn more about the steps we take to ensure that you experience no downtime, even during severe weather, please contact our team today.