Data Centers: Dangerous in Storms and to Worry-Free Reading


A data center “houses the computer systems and the supporting infrastructure, which includes data storage systems, telecommunications, data connectivity, equipment housing and support, electrical power distribution.”[1] In order to charge your cell phone, computer, or Kindle, one needs to have access to a data center to replenish the batteries of these objects and to access data. In order for, “those lightning fast, one-to-two-millisecond speeds, data centers have to be located within a 50-mile radius and often much closer to their source.”[2] In times of natural disasters, this puts those cities at a very high risk.

“Although data center buildings are generally able to withstand the strong wind and rain, major hurricanes tear down power lines and risk the protection and accessibility of the personnel responsible for the continuous operations of the facility.”[3] This means that employees working in data centers, responsible for their upkeep and run, are at more danger in times of storms.

In addition, fallen power lines are extremely dangerous. National Grid, an international gas and electric company, warns civilians “treat them as though they are live and deadly. Never touch downed power lines or anything coming in contact with fallen lines.”[4] Wires can still be fully charged with electricity and can cause shock. Drivers should not even travel over fallen lines.

In times of blizzards, “Snow accumulation on rooftops is capable of causing the top roof to collapse. These severe weather conditions can cause HVAC units to malfunction, leading to overheating in data centers if servers aren’t powered off.”[5] Better hope the data centers are maintained and servers turned off in times of storm. Overheating could cause servers to crash. In 2010, Spotify was knocked offline when the air in its London data center got too hot. Representatives suggested reinstalling Spotify if issues persisted.[5] That sounds a bit troublesome!

Several data centers are used to support e-readers and Kindles. Without an active server, these devices would not be able to be charged, or have access to the internet. In the event of a storm, if a person is dependent on an e-reader for entertainment, hopefullu he or she has a back-up plan. Battery life of e-readers does not last forever. Some areas went without power for days after Hurricane Sandy spread her damage. So what did users of e-readers use when their reading devices died? Print.

Do you know what a more reliable reading medium is other than an e-reader or Kindle? A printed book. Print does not need to be re-charged or have access to the internet to find new things and explore. Once electricity is used to manufacture a book, that book does not require any additional power for the rest of its printed life.

The P.A. Hutchison Company is proud of our print. We manufacture books that are crisp and clean; the pages practically beg to be turned! In the event of a natural disaster, we have safety procedures planned, ensuring P.A. Hutchison employees will be at their safest and further damages are avoided.

During a storm or hurricane, people have enough to worry about. Do not add to your stress with thoughts of having to re-charge your accessories or how long they will last in a power outage. Join us in choosing a more reliable source for your reading. Eliminate unnecessary use of data centers and choose print. Data centers can be dangerous and unreliable. Choose printed books; they are trustworthy.


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