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Data Center Outage Reduces Services for New Jersey State Government
A recent power outage in a state data center in New Jersey put state agencies out of commission, including several state websites and its Motor Vehicle Commission.
According to Data Center Knowledge, the outage happened around 5 a.m. and effected sites that are managed by the Office of Information Technology in the N.J. Treasury department.
“We’re not sure at this point if all the functionality is there, so we’re being a little cautious,” said Treasury spokesman Bill Quinn, according to NJ.com. “It’s going to be later in the day before full functionality is back on these websites.”
Offering services that rely on a data center are not without its risks. Today, data centers are on the rise as storage growing, using up racks evacuated by server virtualization. As companies experience a growth in storage and the need for disaster preparedness, particularly when it comes to recovery, data centers are an attractive option.
As demonstrated by this rather big blip for N.J., data centers experience outages, too. What makes all the difference in the data center is resiliency.
Data center power outages tend to be caused by lack of predictive measures, including testing and maintenance, failure to maintain or replace uninterruptible power supply (UPS) batteries, or cooling failures, among many other reasons. It is imperative for IT managers and staff to make sure a data center doesn’t suffer from unplanned downtime.Data center power is rather important, especially for municipalities whose residents and staff rely on them for information - a critical part of their existence. It is the foundation for their day-to-day operations and must be solid, stable, and secure.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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