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Planning a Data Center for Disaster

Jose Pelicano  (Technical Program Manager, Cloudflare)

Location: Room 202A

Date: Wednesday, April 17

Time: 2:35 pm - 3:30 pm

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Track: Colocation, Hyperscale, & Cloud Innovation

Session Type: Conference Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All Audiences

The data center plays an important role in any company. Quite frequently, they are not designed to survive unexpected events, and quite often a Disaster Recovery data center is unavailable, or the procedures to effectively cultivate a disaster-resistant in a decent amount of time aren't present.

This session will provide several illustrative examples in which companies learned the hard way about the importance of a Disaster Recovery strategy, the importance of having backups that can be restored when needed in a consistent manner, the importance of the location for a data center, needed redundancy of power energy sources, the critical role played by the operational team, and proper security access controls, just to name a few.

By attending this session, the audience will be aware of the different risk factors involved with running a data center, and how to effectively avoid or mitigate damage or operational downtime whenever disaster strikes.


The audience will learn from real-world examples how important it is to manage and maintain data centers in a planned way, to minimize the impact of service loss, as well as the importance of having a disaster recovery data center.

Examples provided will include:

  • How a big Industrial company was offline for three days after a physical disaster caused by flooding into their main data center.
  • How a Tier 1 telecom company was without service for two days after a cyberattack and took over 2 months to fully recover their services.
  • Other critical lessons learned from disaster situations.