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Michael Petrov
Co-Founder, CEO
11/20/2012
Requirements for Datacenters – Let’s Get Serious!

Professionals have said “a datacenter is not just an air-conditioned warehouse.”

After the recent Hurricane, I would add – “They are not just the random basements down the street from your office either!” Making sure your datacenter is specifically built to maintain operation in the event of disaster is essential.

Hurricane Sandy proved that there IS a difference between an actual purpose-built datacenter and the random buildings that have been so-called “converted into one.

We cannot predict weather conditions or future tragic events, but there are many specific factors that should always be considered when IT management is selecting a datacenter. For instance:

  1. Generator locations.
  2. Location of batteries, PDUs, switching etc.
  3. Quality and separation of chases for power and communication cables.
  4. The size of oil tanks. Two days should be considered a minimum requirement.
  5. Availability of office space.
  6. On-site IT personnel above Level 1 should be available to support IT challenges when your own staff is paralyzed by electrical outages or gas shortages.

For East Coast companies, this hurricane was a true test of all DR measures.

Going forward, I will continue to publish my findings on failures caused by the hurricane and what effective techniques are being used against them.

   

Replies

Hayle on 4/1/2013 6:28:43 AM

You're on top of the game. Thanks for sahring.

 
Minnie on 4/1/2013 6:28:43 AM

Damn, I wish I could think of smoething smart like that!

 

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