Disasters can come in all forms and sizes. Cyber and malware attacks are not the only threats that can cause enormous damage to your bottom line. Natural disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes can destroy entire communities, which can include your organization’s headquarters. In addition, wind and rain can damage or even eliminate essential facilities, such as an in-house data center, that keep businesses online during these storms. The effects of a disaster can lead to the loss of a company’s data, failure of critical business systems, shut down of the company’s website functions, or worst, halt of the entire company’s operations, potentially resulting in a massive loss of revenue.
The 2021 hurricane season kicked off in June and has no intentions of stopping until November. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts an above-average hurricane season for 2021, meaning organizations can no longer ignore these storms when assessing the potential risk to data centers. Hurricanes come with high winds and heavy rain that can be destructive to any facility (these storms don’t pick favorites!)
Other natural disasters that can affect your facility are tornados, lightning, flooding, earthquakes, and pandemics. Again, it’s crucial to plan for the unexpected. So how can your organization prepare if it is in the path of one of these catastrophes? The key is to have a disaster recovery plan that your team has tested internally.
Identify Potential Risks:
It’s essential to evaluate which disasters affect your location. Are you on the west coast? Then, earthquakes and wildfires are going to be your biggest threat. Midwest or east coast? What about snowstorms, flash floods, hurricanes, hail and tornadoes? Even a “normal” rainstorm could do massive damage to a data center and its contents if all the conditions line up perfectly.
Design a Plan:
First off, you will want to do a comprehensive risk assessment to see which one of these disasters, if any, could potentially occur in your area. Once you have assessed the risks, you will need to create a step-by-step plan detailing what exactly needs to happen if each one of these disasters were to arise. When creating a disaster recovery plan, you should incorporate the following:
- Prepare for Anything
- Evaluate and Prioritize Systems
- Identify Power Redundancies
- Back-Up Data
- Train your Team
Regularly testing your plan ensures that the strategy you created works and does not have any holes in it. Teams should also create a backup plan in case the first plan backfires. For example, what if the backup system doesn’t kick on as expected? Team members will need to know how to manually turn the system back on.
As natural disasters become more common, data centers must take active measures to protect their facilities and customers. Although cloud services make it easier to back up essential assets and modern construction techniques can better protect equipment from physical danger, data centers still rely upon factors outside their control to keep them up and running. Only by preparing to deal with any disruption that affects your everyday operations can you indeed be ready for whatever nature decides to throw at you.
Prepare for the Unexpected with 365 Data Centers
Disaster Recovery as a Service: You never know when an issue might arise that will influence your business operations. 365 Data Centers delivers a cloud-ready, secure disaster recovery solution for mission-critical applications. This product is straightforward to use and makes failover, failback and disaster recovery testing easy.
Business Continuity: Don’t let power outages, floods or any natural disaster stop your business operations. 365 Data Centers offers a guaranteed and customized business continuity workspace designed to keep your business operating in a comfortable setting with minimal disruption. Our fully functional business continuity spaces are in a safe, secure, air-conditioned facility powered by our robust network powered by diesel generators.