How thorough is your data center risk assessment process when choosing a new site or colocation provider?
Taking the time to get granular can help prevent serious future challenges. H5 uses a rigorous process when selecting sites and facilities for our data center locations, ensuring our customers are protected.
The recent Texas power outages demonstrate how nature disrupts operations. Choose low-risk regions or the lowest-risk area (outside flood plain, high elevation) within a high-risk region to mitigate nature-related risk.
Are there risk-centric organizations within a 50-mile radius of your data center? Think airports, chemical manufacturing, nuclear plants, outdoor gun ranges, etc. If so, their risk is your risk. Choose a location with the right neighbors.
The United States reports terror threats for most major cities. It is a scary thought, but cities like New York, Oklahoma City, Washington, Boston and others have shown us the grim reality of this risk. Avoid if possible.
Data center design is important. Making sure there is at least N+1 redundancy across the board promotes business continuity if a UPS unit, emergency generator, cooling unit, PDU or other data center component goes offline.
All data centers are not created equal when it comes to physical-layer security. It is important to ensure that authorized personnel are the only people allowed anywhere near your hardware, documenting who comes and goes.
It's easy to say you are risk-averse, but third party auditing provides documented proof that there are proper controls in place and they are being followed to the letter of the law. SOC, ISO and other audits work well here.
Los Angeles, CA is riskiest US county but New Yorkers should beware of tornadoes
Risk Map: County-by-County
ArcGIS provides a detailed map of the riskiest US areas, detailed county-by-county.
County-level data for Risk Index, Expected Annual Loss, Social Vulnerability, and Resilience.