What superstorm Sandy taught us about protecting IT infrastructure

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Just over a year ago, superstorm Sandy slammed into the New York metro area, destroying thousands of homes and wreaking havoc with the IT infrastructure in southern Manhattan and low-lying areas of New York and New Jersey. It was the costliest and most destructive storm of the 2012 hurricane season and by some accounts the second or third most expensive in U.S. history.

So what have we learned when it comes to safeguarding IT infrastructure?

Quite a bit: at least according to data center pros who weathered the storm and have some ideas for mitigating damage from similar events in the future, which given what we know about rising water levels, are bound to happen again.

1: Focus on the people, stupid

Big data-center providers have contingency plans to cover acts of nature or man, including provisioning food, water, and cots for on-site personnel. But until Sandy, most of…

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