The Top Challenges an Industrialized Data Center Faces and How to Overcome Them with Performance-Based Practices

SEATTLE, WA -- Data centers are expensive assets, and therefore they require extensive protection. That’s why CAPRE included a critical keynote in the schedule at the Great Northwest Cloud Summit. “The Top Three Challenges an Industrialized Data Center Faces and How to Overcome Them with Performance-Based Practices” by Steven Joseph, Director of Market Development for Xtralis | Honeywell offered a sobering look at the risks inherent to these dense assets as well as advice for data center operators. “Of course the number one objective is uptime. We hear a lot about downtime and the consequences that it might have on an organization, considering the criticality of data.” According to Joseph, there are separate standards for data centers and for telecommunications, but the bottom line can’t be ignored – uptime is king. Joseph then referred to the results of a 2015 survey which found that a power issue was the number one cause of downtime at that time, followed by fire (though, not surprisingly, fire takes longer to recover from than a power outage). The keynote then turned to a real-life example – such as a fire that happened at a data center operated by Delta Airlines. Though it was a small, contained fire, over 2000 flights were canceled, and the total cost to the company totaled over $100 Million USD. “Fires can and do happen,” stressed Joseph, citing high heat densities, malfunctioning and degrading electrical & mechanical systems, on-site energy…