Data Storage: Data Center Disaster Preparedness: 10 Tips for Minimizing the Damage

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-10-18 Print this article Print
Forecast as Best You Can

Forecast as Best You Can

Use real-time monitoring, trend analysis and forecasting tools to plan responses to events: Understand system utilization and application tiers, and spot patterns and behaviors that help mitigate better peak demand and unforeseen failures and outages.
Tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, extreme cold, extreme heat, human error, power surges-the causes of data center disasters are numerous. Do you really know if your data center is prepared for the next natural disaster? This is not a multiple-choice question. The answer is either "yes" or "no," and if it's no, then you may have some serious work to do. Anyone can back up data automatically. Storage is relatively inexpensive, and automated software makes it almost a no-brainer to keep everything stored. But in the event of a major outage, can you restart your systems quickly and efficiently with little or no loss of data? This is where regular preparedness testing comes in. Tedious though it is, it's nonetheless an imperative component of the whole disaster-recovery process. If you don't know how well your system works, how can you ever depend on it? The insights in this slide show are offered by Brad Wurtz, president and CEO of Power Assure Inc.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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