DISA's networks withstood continuity test in storm

The Defense Information Systems Agency experienced power failures at an Ohio data center and its Maryland headquarters in the wake of a fast-moving thunderstorm complex that left a broad path of destruction from Chicago to Washington on June 29, but backup systems quickly stepped in to deliver uninterrupted service, reports NextGov.

Tracy Sharpe, a DISA spokeswoman, said the storm, which ravaged a swath of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic and knocked out power to 2 million people, briefly interrupted data center operations in Columbus, Ohio, and knocked out power to its new headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., the story said.
Fall-over to alternative systems at Fort Meade and Columbus “was immediate and service was unaffected,” Sharpe said, according to the story. The transfer of operations from main systems to backup systems occurred in minutes, she said.


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