Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are rather rare in Germany, as are tsunamis. But tornadoes – oh dear – are rapidly climbing the natural disaster charts. In North Rhine-Westphalia in March this year. In fact, northern Germany is part of the European “Tornado Alley” that stretches from southern England to Poland.
Many of us still have to get used to thinking about natural disasters as a domestic threat. At the same time, flooding along the Elbe and Danube rivers has given us a small taste of what we can expect from climate change.
These considerations have to play a central role in the design of data centers. Chemical plants, airports, nuclear reactors, subterranean cavities, rivers, and so on and so forth. A wide variety of influencing factors have to be considered before the ideal site for a data center is found.
While some may find it a bit far-fetched, risk management in Germany often deals with predictions of the absurd, ones which cause mere mortals to shake their heads in disbelief.