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Charley Challenges Data Centers

Keeping the power running was the top priority for Florida data center managers this weekend as Hurricane Charley cut a swath of destruction across the state.

Parts of Florida were left without power when hundreds of transmission lines carrying electricity from generating plants were knocked out by the hurricane's 100 mph winds.

Charley passed directly over Web hosting firm ProNIC Solutions' Orlando data center shortly after 9 p.m. ET on Friday night. To keep the juice flowing, data center staff switched from AC to UPS, and then onto a generator, all within the span of a few minutes.

With local power companies fighting outages, ProNIC's data center is still running off its generator, according to a statement issued this morning. The company says the generator enabled its servers to remain fully operational, with no interruptions.

Military-style planning is key to surviving the worst storms. For Web hosting firm Peak 10, that meant implementing an emergency management plan.

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