Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Bill Kleyman.

This is the first entry in a Data Center Frontier series that explores how to address the challenges of the modern data center and mission critical environments. This series, compiled in a special report, also explores design and management for mission-critical data centers. 

The stakes are certainly high. Consider this—only 27% of companies received a passing grade for disaster readiness, according to a survey by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council. At the same time, increased dependency on the data center providers means that overall outages and downtime are growing costlier over time.

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