On Sunday night, November 27th, Houston residents received a boil water notice. A water purification plant in the city had experienced a brief power disruption, causing water pressure to drop below the minimum requirement of 20 PSI. This drop in pressure is what caused officials to give the boil water notice as a precaution for residents.
State and local entities worked with guidance from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality to lift the boil water notice about 40 hours later. And for that we’re grateful.
A Cautionary Tale…
This article is not intended to put down an organization. (In fact, we commend the quick, safe approach by the Houston authorities and greatly appreciate their efforts.) Instead, this article is a cautionary tale about backup power for all businesses.
We ask these serious questions.
- Are the generators at your on-premise data center and/or office building reliable?
- Do you have redundant power?
- Are there plans in place if you lose power?
- What service outages would your customers experience if you lost power completely for 2 minutes? 15 minutes? For an hour?
- How much revenue would you lose? Are lives at stake if you lose power?
- What damages would your hardware experience with a power loss?
You Don’t Have to Have All of the Answers
Truthfully, just typing the questions above makes our hearts beat rapidly. The ramifications of an outage for a company without backup power are expensive, time-consuming, and can cost human lives.
Power redundancy (i.e., having multiple sources of power) is a serious consideration for companies. Redundancy means reliability and peace of mind. And it’s for these reasons that clients choose a data center like FIBERTOWN.
It’s our job to have and maintain utility and generator power for your hardware. (We go into more detail about the traits of a top-rated data center in this article).
FIBERTOWN Can Keep You Up and Running
We have two data centers – one in Houston and one in Bryan-College Station. These data centers are fitted with redundant power and cooling systems. Backup generators are on site, and they are manned by IT professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
We’ll keep your company’s hardware up and running, even if the world outside is without power.
Ask us how we do this! We’d love to tell you more.