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Data Center World 2021

Data Center World delivers expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Data Center World 2021 educational conference programming is focused on the rapidly advancing data center technologies like edge computing, co-location, hyperscale, and predictive analytics – all within a rapidly changing global business climate -- in order to give attendees a leg up on their competitors to become the new trailblazers of the data center.

Case Study: Unrealized Effects of Natural Hazards on Data Center Business Performance

Benjamin Kosbab  (Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger)

Location: S330DC

Date: Thursday, August 19

Time: 2:40pm - 3:40pm

Track: Design, Build, Operate, & Control

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Physical damage to a datacenter from common external hazards can devastate reliability performance of the digital assets housed inside. However, such physical vulnerabilities are often overlooked when quantifying facility uptime. We examine a case study to determine the annual likelihood of a facility suffering damage if constructed to Building Code in the 1990's. The study concludes that a meaningful portion of facility risk is not accounted for, and translates this unaccounted risk to business interruption cost. A prudent mitigation process is outlined to demonstrate the benefits of proactively addressing facility performance and increasing reliability before disaster strikes.

Takeaway

· Impact of key natural hazards is typically overlooked in datacenter facility performance evaluations
· Simple methods are available to perform a business vulnerability assessment for these hazards
· Vulnerabilities of datacenter facilities differ based on their building type and location
· Small proactive upgrades can greatly enhance long-term reliability performance and reduce business interruption costs

Intended Audience

· Impact of key natural hazards is typically overlooked in datacenter facility performance evaluations
· Simple methods are available to perform a business vulnerability assessment for these hazards
· Vulnerabilities of datacenter facilities differ based on their building type and location
· Small proactive upgrades can greatly enhance long-term reliability performance and reduce business interruption costs