oes.org's datacenter is located in Houston Texas, approximately 60 miles from the Gulf Coast. The datacenter is located outside of the 500-Year flood plains and they have been advised and assured that the reinforced roof fasteners rated at 90 miles per hour would be sufficient.
Before selecting this location, they performed a study and in the past 33 years (including a level 5 hurricane) the maximum wind speed in their zip code was reported at 69 miles per hour. They feel that they have done a good job at mitigating risk in the selection of the site, and have also prepared Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (DR/BC) plans.
oes.org's datacenter has successfully implemented their full-scale emergency management plan for hurricane Rita. The company is monitoring all severe weather threats and is taking the potential storm very seriously. The datacenter’s Emergency Management Team is ensuring all areas in the Emergency Portions of their DR/BC plans are being implemented including, but not limited to:
* *Facilities* * - The facility is outside evacuation areas. All generator tanks have been "topped off" and additional fuel will be delivered on Thursday and Friday to their location. Contact with outside vendors has been made to establish ongoing communications with their staff. Overflow parking requirements have also been established with neighboring parking lots at 4151 and 4211 Southwest Freeway to address any potential parking requirements for their data center customers.
* *Remote Systems* * – The datacenter is monitoring and managing the center 24x7 and will continue to do so throughout the storm. All DR/BC plans have been reviewed across their monitoring and management platform. Both remote and on-site customer systems will be actively monitored, on “high alert” and available.
* *Internet Network* * – The datacenter's network is secure. Three of the four datacenter redundant backbone providers access the datacenter through underground facilities, from multiple directions.
* *Backup Customer Communications* * – The datacenter is deploying an emergency email communication platform and should not have issues with their ability to communicate via email.
* *Supplies* * – Customers who send employees to the datacenter are responsible for their own provisions, food and water.
The datacenter and it's staff are committed to ensuring the availability, security and integrity of critical data and applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This commitment doesn't waiver in the event of hurricane or other natural disaster.
oes.org has stressed to the datcenter's owner that in our opinion life comes before property and websites, and they should not remain in harm's way to keep our website running.
|Amen! I don't believe that there is a website in the world that is worth people risking their lives over. Critical systems (I work with production banking systems) have redundant backup sites for this very reason.|
|I second that Amen! Nothing is more valuable than life itself. I say GET OUT, BE SAFE, and if repairs need to be made afterward, deal with them then. We'll still be here anxiously awaiting their safe return. God be with all those in harm's way.|
|At this point, with the strength of Rita intensified so rapidly to 175MPH winds, I am fully expecting the datacenter, and oes.org, to be offline for a week.
If it's less than that, I'll feel like I've cheated fate.
While I'll miss you all for the week, think of it like a vacation! But I'm not about to get in their faces over getting our electronic community back online, when their physical community is under such duress.
I hope our host is able to withstand such a blow financially... if not, rest assured that oes.org's data is securely backed up in several places, and would take a week or less to move to a new host.
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