RICHLAND, Wash. – Teams with EM Richland Operations Office (RL) contractor Hanford Mission Integration Solutions (HMIS) ran disaster scenarios recently by temporarily deactivating a Hanford Site data center to test the network’s ability to protect critical data.
“Drills provide stress tests of our network system and help us prepare for a potential disaster,” said Mike Eddy, IT specialist with the EM information management team. “Regular checkups verify our system can handle an unplanned outage or even the destruction of a data center.”
Preparations for the drill included upgrading systems and equipment; running emergency sequences to improve data preservation and retention; and testing a backup power supply.
“This exercise allowed us to practice our response to potential service disruptions and test the ability of our systems, equipment and processes to protect necessary data in the event of a power loss,” said Todd Eckman, HMIS vice president of Information Management Services. “I am pleased with the performance of our teams and systems during this important drill and feel confident in our ability to handle any event.”
During the outage, the team also tested the center’s continual power system that provides automated backup, battery-supplied electric power to confirm the system worked as expected and operations continued seamlessly.
-Contributor: Robin Wojtanik
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