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Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity, 3rd Edition by Thejandra BS

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CHAPTER 6: DATA CENTRE DISASTERS

‘WHANGDEPOOTENAWAH, In the Ojibwa tongue, disaster; an unexpected affliction that strikes hard.’

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

What is a data centre?

A computer data centre is a secure room, or rooms, where an organisation’s mission critical servers and other important equipment are housed. A data centre is the heart of any modern organisation, and a disaster here can very quickly bring it to a complete standstill. Special precautions need to be taken to prevent IT disasters, especially within a data centre.

Example: Disaster inside a data centre

Building Security: “Hello Sir, this is the Building Security Officer calling. Sorry to wake you up in the middle of the night, but there was a fire in the office just now.” ...

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