The East Coast of the United States is turning into a shining example of data center disaster recovery and preparation, as an earthquake recently struck Virginia, sending tremors throughout as far as New England, and a hurricane is expected to sweep through the entire coastal region in the coming days.
According to a recent TechTarget report, many data center managers are moving quickly to analyze their current strategies and evaluate if any changes need to be made before the hurricane strikes.
James Duffy, vice president and enterprise architect for Advanced Health Media, told the news source his company is currently working to check virtual private networks, bandwidth capacities and support models to make sure the data center will be able to handle more traffic from remote locations if employees are unable to make it into the office and have to work from home.
William Moore, CTO at CareCore National, which has data centers directly in the path of the hurricane, told TechTarget the company has taken strides to secure the building's physical structure to keep equipment on server racks safe from the elements.
"We touched base with our diesel vendors and topped up our generators. We walked the roofs to make sure there was no loose flashing and checked the latches on our air handling units," Moore told the news source.
Matt Cunningham, CareCore senior vice president for IT, told TechTarget the company has gone as far as to load test all of its data centers to make sure each is capable of handling the company's entire workload on its own. This is performed in case a data center fails entirely due to the weather and needs to be quickly migrated to a backup facility that can handle the load.
Disaster recovery strategies are a key part of data center management, as companies need to prepare their data centers to withstand natural disasters regardless of where they are built. For example, Stream Data Centers recently announced plans to build a new data center in Richardson, Texas. The purpose-built facility is designed to meet the highest standards for technology and security, and it will follow Miami-Dade County building codes to ensure it can withstand natural disasters. The codes mandate that the building can handle sustained winds of more than 146 mph.