New Nomenclature in Data Disaster Recovery

Managing a data center no longer just involves backing up your information. Other considerations have crept into the nomenclature when it comes to disaster recovery regarding access to the data a company relies on to do business. The area of power management includes some new categories where risk management officials can focus their efforts to mitigate the impact from a loss of power, according to These include dealing with power outage by capping the power used during a loss, as well as reducing the ambient temperature to make cooling efforts that are much more effective.

In the past, disaster recovery was considered a luxury for many data companies, but times have changed. With most businesses relying on being connected for communication, especially in today’s global market, these companies need a robust power system to keep them connected, even in the midst of an outage. Even smaller outages can hurt a business’ bottom line, as they can lose potential customers and customer business when they are no longer connected to take orders or calls.

To this end, companies must develop strategies before disaster strikes. Having backup power has become a must for most companies, but companies can make even this small allowance more beneficial by taking some crucial steps in regards to their power supply. The first deals with reducing the amount of power required for servers when it counts the most.

Looking at how much “juice” a particular server, stack, or server room uses can give managers a better understanding of which areas use the most resources. Then when disaster strikes they can limit power to the areas that are most critical for their continued operation. This in turn reduces the demands upon the backup power source, allowing it to run for far longer.

Another area that can help reduce the power needed to stay connected deals with the heat generated, both by the systems themselves and the temperature of the air as it enters the system from an outside source. Cooler air means the systems to cool the servers do not have to operate as hard, reducing the power required to keep these systems running. Also, a cooler server has less of a chance of breaking down. Companies can install systems to facilitate this, which over time pays for itself in improved power efficiency.

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