Hurricane Harvey reminds us just how much predictive capabilities and warning systems have progressed over the past few decades, in no small part because of the availability of past data and the capabilities we now have with instrumentation, detailed data sets and high-performance computing (HPC).
Meteorologists do two types of predictions: seasonal probabilities and the track of a current hurricane. Ahead of and during each hurricane season, multiple national meteorological services and scientific agencies predict how many named storms, hurricanes and major (Category 3 or higher on the Saffir–Simpson scale) hurricanes will form during a particular season and/or how many tropical cyclones will affect a particular geographic region.
Once the storm is underway, meteorologists work around the clock to track these often unpredictable storms. These forecasts, along with advanced warning and communications, help to put people out of harm’s way. But, there is still a severe risk to people, property, and to businesses and organizations, and the value of preparedness and a solid disaster recovery (DR) plan cannot be underestimated. CNN reports that with over 1800 deaths, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was the single most catastrophic and costliest natural disaster in US history according to FEMA.
In Information Technology, DR (disaster recovery) is a critical element of any business continuity plan. And, the scenarios that result from flooded data centers are the nightmares that keep IT and Storage Admins awake at night. This is one of the reasons object storage, and particularly Caringo Swarm, is a valuable tool in the data center. Our Director of Swarm Engineering Don Baker details how object storage protects data in the Protecting Data in the Cloud Age with Caringo Swarm Object Storage whitepaper. Swarm can even protect different objects with different encoding schemes and different levels of protection all in the same Swarm cluster.
Swarm provides the ability to instantly find data regardless of location, continuously upgrade hardware, mix and match hardware and achieve an unrivaled level of resilience. Even more so, it gives you the benefits and resilience of object storage whether you have an on-premise, off-premise, or hybrid cloud solution.
As Hurricane Harvey rolls onto the Gulf coast, we encourage everyone in the storm’s path to stay safe and to make sure your loved ones know that you are safe. The Facebook Safety Check feature is a simple way to do this. You may also want to download the FEMA mobile app for a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, directions to open shelters and recovery centers, disaster survival tips, and weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
If Hurricane Harvey has you thinking about the DR plan for your business, we are here to talk it through with you and can share our upcoming plans to enhance your options for data analysis and DR. Feel free to contact us or visit us at one of our upcoming events.