As rack densities increase in server rooms, IT equipment is at a higher risk of overheating, failing, and having a subsequent outage if proper cooling is not consistently available. Small to mid-sized data centers face a much higher risk during a CRAC outage or maintenance window if they do not have a backup cooling system. In addition to that risk, moving equipment in a server room can create unforeseen hot spots that put data at risk. Spot cooling can provide temporary cooling solutions to data centers and colocations during a high-risk period or CRAC outage.
A recent fire caused a major headache for Ford Motor Company, as the blaze shut down a key data center for the better part of the day, impacting the company’s ability to report sales data. See how proper emergency planning and backups can help save the day when it comes to fires and other disasters.