Major data centers on the East Coast have emergency plans in place, and are preparing to ride out Hurricane Sandy and keep critical communications services online as the powerful storm lays siege to major population centers.
Data center providers in New York, Philadelphia and the Washington, D.C. area said they are testing and fueling up their emergency backup generators, preparing to maintain services during any utility power outages caused by the hurricane. That includes having key staff on-site for the duration of the storm.
With virtually all businesses and schools closed – including major stock exchanges – the key focus for the region’s data centers will be maintain telecom and network infrastructure for emergency response efforts. That includes the Internet, as social networks have become a critical tool for residents tracking the storm and seeking to check on friends and relatives in the storm’s path.