On March 30, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia issued Executive Order 53, which is a “Temporary Stay at Home Order.” The data center infrastructure companies and all supporting businesses are working every day to make accommodations to the social distancing rules and ensure uptime of the cloud.
To encourage further coordination and best practice sharing among the Virginia data centers, Loudoun Economic Development is coordinating the industry’s response to the pandemic. As of Friday, April 3, 2020, Loudoun Economic Development has talked to hundreds of leaders in the data center ecosystem through presentations to the following organizations:
- 7×24 Exchange Washington, D.C.;
- AFCOM Potomac;
- InfraGard NCR Data Center Physical Security Working Group;
- NVTC Cloud and Data Center Committee;
- The Data Center Coalition.
The dialog from these meetings promoted understanding of the need for industry coordination to prepare for prolonged effects of the COVID-19 pandemic social distancing requirements, and to prepare for any additional events that may occur during the shelter-in-place period, which is currently scheduled to last through June 10, 2020, in Virginia.
Additionally, Loudoun Economic Development is sharing best practices and information with the Uptime Institute and TechUK.
Loudoun Economic Development is planning subject-specific leader roundtables on the following topics to provide best practices and insights for overcoming the obstacles that will come from prolonged pandemic footing:
- Supply chain;
- Construction and maintenance hygiene;
- Deferred maintenance.
Principal, Data Energy Consulting