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Disaster Recovery and Preparing for Severe Weather

As of June 1, hurricane season is in full-motion. Reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict that 2017 is going to be yet “another above normal year for storms”. Whether it is a hurricane, tornado, thunderstorm or windstorm, there is an overarching need to ensure the power stays on. Are you prepared?

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In 2012, hurricane Sandy hit New York causing nearly ten data centers to lose connectivity and incur service issues. Reports concluded that the largest storm-related outage in history was caused not by a lack of backup power supplies, but by failure to implement resources properly. Ensuring stability and security are therefore at the upmost importance, which is why Provision takes precautions in protecting client’s equipment and data.

Early Warning System

While structural integrity is one of the largest factors to withstanding a storm, advanced storm technologies also keep data centers ahead of the curve. Using technology that generates real-time data leverages how customers can be properly informed and prepare for threatening storms with ample time. Business continuity is vital to ensuring that when, and if a storm hits, customers have their own business continuity and internal disaster preparedness plans in place. Real-time weather information, along with business analytics is the first step to stay ahead of a storm.

Backup Power Sources

Continuous, uninterrupted power to data centers is crucial for operations. With proper equipment in place like backup generators and Uninterruptable Power Supplies, data centers can ensure information availability and accessibility remains streamlined. When backup generators are automatically initiated to provide power to the UPS units, data centers experience no power interruption and operations continue normally through a utility power loss. This is imperative for preventing security breaches, as well. Routine maintenance is performed to ensure sources are functioning correctly. Regular service is a safeguard that mitigates risks associated with power failure, especially during high-risk storms.

Steps to Readiness

Having additional plans in place make sure challenges such as system recovery, data protection and customer relations are properly addressed. Long-term preparedness includes a series of annual and semi-annual inspection testing on the following:

  • Fuel system
  • Engine motors
  • Cooling system, including coolant samples
  • Safety controls and control switchboard
  • Electro-Mechanical wear and tear inspection
  • Specification compliance tests

Additional checks to the transfer switches ensure the backup power will kick in the moment primary power goes down.

Ensuring your data is secured and protected is crucial to operations, especially during unpredictable storm seasons. To learn more about Provision’s preparedness for storms, including our plans for keeping the lights on, please contact our team today.