Coronavirus

Business Resources: Data Centers

Loudoun’s Digital Infrastructure

The data center ecosystem in Loudoun County has come together to assure the continuity of operations and construction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Loudoun Economic Development has overseen the public-private partnership that unifies the industry’s efforts.

Below are topics of interest and resources for the industry:

Essential Workers:

Telecommunications and information technology systems are formally included in the Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce from the Cyber Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) dated March 28, 2020. Loudoun Economic Development is recommending that the CISA Carry Letter be accompanied by company letter identifying the holder of the letter as an essential worker.

The CISA letter provides guidance to local authorities who will enforce laws.

Critical staff travel:

There is no formal requirement for documentation yet. However, companies should be prepared ahead of time by providing Carry Letters to essential workers and updating company policies to include local enforcement activities.

Information Sharing:

Information sharing with major stakeholder groups are ongoing including:

AFCOM Potomac

7×24 Exchange Washington DC

InfraGard NCR – Data Center Physical Security Working Group

The Data Center Coalition

NVTC Cloud and Data Center Committee

techUK

Weekly Bulletins:

To be supplied on weekly basis:

Operator statements:

Digital Realty: https://www.digitalrealty.com/coronavirus-statement

Equinix: https://www.equinix.com/lp/equinix-coronavirus-statement-to-customers-and-partners/

Equinix: https://blog.equinix.com/blog/2020/03/26/covid-19-protecting-our-critical-ibx-data-center-infrastructure/

Useful URLs:

WHO Guidelines: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

Loudoun County Pandemic Plan Response Plan: https://www.loudoun.gov/1343/Pandemic-Response-Plan

Loudoun County Economic Development COVID-19 Business Resources: https://biz.loudoun.gov/COVID19/

CDC Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/pdf/businesschecklist.pdf

CDC Pandemic Preparedness Planning for U.S. Businesses with Overseas Operations Checklist: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/pdf/businesses-overseas-checklist.pdf

OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for an Influenza Pandemic: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/influenza_pandemic.html

Key Findings of the 2015 Ashburn, Va., Data Center Resilience Project: https://archive.nanog.org/sites/default/files/Thompson%20-%20Key%20Findings.pdf

CDC Interim Recommendations for U.S. Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

EPA Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

Coordination of Efforts:

Phillip Sandino of Data Energy Consulting will coordinate our efforts around supporting the nation’s digital infrastructure in the form of our data centers, both in Loudoun and throughout Virginia. As we consider the changes to our daily lives and the transition we are all in the process of making, our ability to leverage more distance learning, remote work, video conferencing and other communications, exchange of news and critical information, social media, entertainment and so many other facets of our lives rely on our data centers, the cloud and the world’s technology infrastructure.

Sandino is an energy and data center veteran who led Dominion Energy’s regional response to Hurricane Sandy and the Derecho storm in 2012. He has working relationships with the data centers and local and state leaders. We have been in touch with the Data Center Coalition, the Ashburn Data Center Security Working Group and others in our data center ecosystem and we look forward to coordinating with industry stakeholders as we launch and scale this initiative.

Sandino will begin with three specific pillars designed to support this critical industry. They are:

  1. Serve as the industry response coordinator, including data centers, power, fiber, water, security and other associated disciplines;
  2. Build an information clearinghouse to collect and disseminate relevant information;
  3. Create an assistance/operation request portal to allow for asset sharing as needed.

He can be contacted at DCPandemicResponse@dataenergy.consulting