Backup GeneratorsBecause data centre reports demonstrate how costly shutdowns can be, nearly every facility in the world has backup generators operating on diesel fuel. This enables data centres to remain in full operation for as long as it takes to restore power. Just as long as a facility has enough fuel on hand, backup generators can provide power endlessly. It seems rather curious that there were no backup generators mentioned in relation to the NPS data centre. One possibility is that there were no generators to speak of which, according to industry standards, is inexcusable. Another possibility is that generators were on-site but not working properly. In either case, the proper management of a data centre requires every precaution be taken to ensure this sort of thing does not happen. Power outages are part of the equation that will never be eliminated, thus necessitating things like uninterruptible power supplies, backup generators and other sources of off-the-grid energy. It remains to be seen how long it takes the US National Park Service to get their data centre up and running again. The rest of us would be wise to learn a lesson from this incident. No matter how non-critical a data centre might appear, it will instantly become critical should it shut down due to a power outage. In a day and age where backup technologies are extremely affordable, this is something that should never happen. In light of this knowledge, it will be interesting to see whether the management of the NPS data centre is called into question or not. It will also be interesting to note whether anyone in a position of policymaking will be subject to disciplinary action.