Risk Management

Risk Management in the Data Center

Reliable infrastructure is the lifeblood of a data center and reliability issues can easily risk the data center operation. A loss of power or cooling can significantly impact a number of critical services including the revenue generating services, bring unexpected costs, result in non-compliance with the service level agreements and increase the risk of litigation and negative media.

The data center risk assessment is a tool to identify and prioritize unseen issues, solving and documenting them in order to mitigate risks associated with data center downtime. The assessment provides a road map of the risks associated with data centers electrical, mechanical, security, communications and data center power and cooling systems.

The risk evaluation includes assessment of the site, critical infrastructure, support infrastructure such as fire protection, security, etc., evaluation of existing equipment as it pertains to age, serviceability, capacity, etc., identification of single points of failure, determining the probability of occurrence for individual risks and recommending corrective actions to mitigate the risks.

The site assessment scope includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Site location

  • Building

  • Critical systems

  • Fire protection

  • Communications

  • Security

  • 24/7 Staffing

  • Redundant Power

  • Redundant Cooling

  • Redundant Fiber

  • Local & Remote Backup Locations