TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–After the costliest and most damaging Atlantic hurricane season in
history last year, early forecasts from storm prediction analysts at Colorado
State University indicate 2018 will be above average for hurricane
Hurricane season begins June 1 and continues through November. Last
year, the U.S. experienced significant damage from three major storms
and organizations’ data centers were at risk. Before the 2018 hurricane
season begins, vXchnge,
a leading neutral colocation data center services provider, is offering
insights and tips on disaster recovery to protect organizations’ data
centers from significant downtime:
Re-evaluate the data center’s disaster recovery plan before hurricane
season begins. It’s critical to have a disaster recovery plan and
contingencies in place (including redundant operations) in case a data
center is shut down due to a natural disaster.
Review contract details such as service-level agreements and data
center processes for disaster preparedness. Reputation is important
but establishing a personal relationship with your data center
operator is equally important. Review the center’s maintenance
operating procedures (MOPs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Ask when the data center last performed an Integrated Systems Test (a
complete power shutdown from the utility). In this scenario, the power
is turned off at the box outside of the building to ensure battery
backups and generators react as intended. Good data center managers
maintain logs and can say exactly when this last occurred.
Whether companies use colocation
data centers or run their own, it’s critical to maintain proper
procedures documenting every instance of testing. It’s important to
audit testing procedures at least once a year to ensure backup power
and cooling can maintain the current power load of the data center.
As the U.S. enters another heavily predicted active hurricane season,
vXchnge experts are available to discuss various disaster and recovery
scenarios, practices, plans and implementations.
a leading carrier-neutral colocation services provider dedicated to
improving the business performance of its customers. vXchnge delivers
unmatched brand protection and reliability to global and emerging growth
brands through its data-center-as-a-service solution. Companies can
leverage vXchnge’s interconnections and strategically located data
centers to enable their digital transformations and cloud architectures.
The company is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information,
visit https://www.vxchnge.com/ or