Originally posted to Data Center POST.
By: Todd Murren, General Manager, Bluebird Underground Data Center
Over the past few decades, scientific studies have continued to show that as global climate trends shift, extreme weather events are becoming increasingly probable. Heat waves, large storms, floods, tropical cyclones and tornadoes are all cropping up more frequently as widespread changes in weather patterns occur. Luckily, advancements in the data center market are being implemented to ensure that as these unpredictable factors grow in frequency, the integrity of an infrastructure site can remain uncompromised.
Reports have cited natural disasters and extreme weather as two of the highest-ranking threats to society, and the data center market is no exception. Events like Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which took down data centers for leading brands like Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, are becoming a matter of “when,” not “if.” Record breaking storms, like the recent Hurricane, Florence, which threatened North Carolina data centers for Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google Cloud are becoming a common reality. As such, these events are now a major concern for data center providers, regardless of where their infrastructure lies.
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