A Mission-Critical Industry Unprepared for Climate Change

Across the world, government agencies and industries are planning for the impacts of climate change—some dramatic and life threatening, others subtle but costly.

But the data center industry, which underpins so many critical activities, appears to be taking a relaxed approach; and only a detailed site-by-site analysis will reveal if it is complacent.
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This 25-page report by the Uptime Institute Research team follows up on 2018's Data Center Industry Survey Report, providing new research into the state of the global data center industry when it comes to climate change. 

Readers of the report will learn how critical infrastructure teams can take steps today to evaluate risk and plan for future impacts across their portfolio. 

The report discusses seven key findings in detail: 

  1. Many existing data centers are not built to withstand the most severe risks of climate change
  2. Climate change models are being updated constantly, those with plans in place should revisit them frequently
  3. Risks extend beyond the data center, to networks, colocation partners, utilities, infrastructure and suppliers
  4. Climate change discussions and updates should be included in periodic resiliency reviews, as part of near-term and long-term threat assessments
  5. Data center operators should be prepared to identify and articulate climate change impacts and risk to internal and external customers 
  6. Some existing facilities may not be able to be retrofitted/refurbished to fully address the threat.  Facilities must be assessed on a site-by-site basis
  7. Organizations may be required to adopt multi-site and or application resiliency models to shift IT load to out-of-region facilities


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