2018 Hurricane Season Disaster & Recovery Tips for Uninterrupted Data Center Operations | Business Wire

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

season.

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.

About vXchnge
vXchnge is

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

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