A Different Approach to Infrastructure Continuity Management

Business continuity events range from a failed server to communications failure to facility inaccessibility—and everything in between.  That’s why it helps to have multiple infrastructure recovery solutions to choose from, depending on weather, political, and other conditions in which your business operates.  One solution which provides significant flexibility is the Self-Propelled Electronic Armored Rack, or S.P.E.A.R.

 The S.P.E.A.R., containing a 22 U rack, can be moved via an internal drive system, which uses three layers of shock and vibration insulation.  The standard drive system can move up to 500 pounds of equipment.  An upgraded drive can move up to 1000 pounds.  Options include power and temperature conditioning, cyber-locking system with access auditing, and sides and panels which can withstand small arms fire.  Also available are antenna which are mounted on the top of the cabinet to provide Wi-Fi connectivity.

 Powering a S.P.E.A.R is not a problem.  It can connect to any 220-230 volt service, including a generator, making it easy to move an existing data center as extreme weather approaches, or to transport stored equipment to any alternative location with acceptable power and communication capabilities.

The cost of a S.P.E.A.R. with armored panels, air and power conditioning is about $100,000.  However, if your business doesn’t operate in a war zone, the C-S.P.E.A.R. (Campus Self-Propelled Electronic Adaptable Rack) with similar options, but without armored panels, runs about $27,000. 

This isn’t for everyone, but it is a possible solution for fixed or mobile data centers located in hazardous or quickly changing operating conditions.

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