Implementing Flooding Solutions

Data center operators have few options when it comes to responding to global climate change. In light of recent super storms, they almost have no choice. Those who don’t plan effectively are doomed to suffer the problems they encountered in storms past.

While expensive to implement, changes indeed need to be made, especially with data centers that suffered a loss of power during storms such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, according to Those who were able to keep the lights on struggled to do so.

Hardening Existing Facilities

One option available to data center operators involves “hardening” their current facilities. This includes possibly locating backup generators on higher floors, out of the reach of flood waters. Other possibilities include putting up physical barriers to deter the flooding of facilities, as well as replacing outdated wiring with more resilient materials such as fiber optics.

Relocating Facilities

Another option requires companies to relocate their data facilities out of harm’s way, or at least split their operations so that not all of their critical resources are located in one area. Whether moving to facilities lying outside of flood prone areas near the same location or even moving to a different area of the country, all choices should remain on the table. While this could be the most expensive option, it also provides the most resiliency, especially if a company splits their data resources so that all their eggs are not in one basket.


Another option involves using the cloud to backup and store data. And while not all companies can afford such a move, especially some small- and medium-size businesses, it does provide a viable option for those who can. Plus, cloud storage provides a clear way to backup data even when facilities are not located in areas subject to disasters

The Best of All Worlds

A combination of all three approaches could be a company’s best bet. By having their data centers split and located in areas not prone to flooding, they can assure that their information remains available when they need it. By hardening facilities that remain within a flood zone and assuring that they can still operate, even when a crisis is ongoing, a company can ensure that data remains available when its workers need to access it.

Finally, cloud computing can also give the company the option of letting their workers work from home when bad storms hit. This can keep business going while letting workers spend time with their family in a crisis, making sure that they are okay.


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