Strategies for Data Center Downtime

Posted by Dasha Bushmakin on Nov 21, 2013

A recently-completed survey of U.S.-based data center professionals shows that 91% of respondents have experienced an unplanned data center outage in the past 24 months.

On average, this consisted of two data center outages during the past two years.

Partial outages (those limited to certain racks) occurred six times in the same timeframe.

Here are a few strategies to consider:

* Consider data center availability as priority (even above minimizing costs).

* Dedicate resources to recovery in case of an unplanned outage.

* Have support from senior management on efforts to prevent & manage unplanned outages.

* Implement data center infrastructure management (DCIM).

* Know and understand environment.

* Regularly test generators and switchgear to ensure emergency power in case of utility outage.

* Regularly test or monitor UPS batteries.

* Utilize best practices in data center design and redundancy to maximize availability.

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Read Ponemon Institute Survey of Data Center Downtime Sponsored by Emerson Network Power Finds Unplanned Outages Still a Challenge; Identifies Best Practices that Increase Uptime

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