As we start to get deeper into the colder months, the inevitability of snow and ice storms is fast approaching, which brings along the risk of an emergency shutdown for businesses. Here’s how IT process automation can help you.
Is your data center prepared to handle such an emergency? Should the power go out, what plan do you have in place to conserve energy and save precious battery power? The best thing you can do is be proactive and prepare ahead of time, and IT process automation can help you do just that.
You may have heard the term “EPO”, short for emergency power off button. This is essentially the “big red button” that is in place to shut down all operations within the data center in the event of an emergency or disaster.
The problem with this concept is its all or nothing approach. When activated, the EPO button basically shuts everything down in an instant. If this happens in error, or worse – as an act of deliberate sabotage, the impact could be catastrophic for the business.
What if, instead of setting your system up for complete shutdown in emergency situations, you were able to automate a sequence of processes that would shut down specific servers according to internal policies and priorities when power is limited? That way, those systems that are most critical to the business can continue to operate as needed, while other, less critical functions are shutdown to preserve battery or generator usage.
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With IT process automation, you can plan ahead for a potential disaster by determining exactly which systems should remain up and running, which ones can be turned off, and in what order.
When activated, the workflow will be initiated automatically, allowing those managing the situation to focus on other important matters, like getting things back up and running again as quickly as possible. This process is especially helpful in preventing file corruption or loss of data.
IT process automation can be used to handle an emergency server shutdown from start to finish. A workflow would be created ahead of time that would include a series of pre-programmed steps ordering which systems to be shut down, and in what order. Once established and in place, the automated workflow would simply need to be initiated by the user in charge of handling emergency situations. Once activated, the system shutdown would begin and would continue on until the situation has been resolved. Then, it’s simply a matter of reactivating all systems to full capacity again.
This helps to better manage a power outage, as well as reduce the risks associated with having a traditional EPO, since only those systems deemed to be less important would shut down if the workflow is triggered accidentally or deliberately. The most critical systems will remain up and running, greatly mitigating the potential damages of a total shutdown.