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