Use a Data Center in Irma’s Path? Here’s How Not to Lose Your Data
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As a massive clean-up effort continues in Texas from Hurricane Harvey—expected to be the second most costly storm in the US behind Hurricane Katrina with total losses between $45 billion and $65 billion—residents and businesses, including data center operators, in Florida are bracing for yet another cruel blow by Mother Nature.
Now a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph, Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida late this weekend after ramming the Leeward Islands in the West Indies, according to the National Weather Service. The Caribbean and all of the Sunshine State are now under a state of emergency.
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Forecasters fear the worst, saying total losses from Irma could exceed those suffered at the hands of Katrina.
Only time will tell if data centers in Florida come out as unscathed as those in Texas. While more than 100,000 homes and businesses in the Houston area lost power as a result of Hurricane Harvey, torrential downpours and flooding, data centers in the area did not get flooded and were largely spared major utility power interruptions.
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While one of the major data center providers, CyrusOne, switched to on-site generator power at one point, that appeared to be the only adjustment needed by the four companies with data centers in the area.
Equinix, Data Foundry, Digital