While we are not anticipating major incident with Hurricane Irene, it does appear that the storm will be coming up the coast with more strength than usual due to warmer water in the Atlantic. It unfortunately appears that it will, at least in part, hit our region. This, in turn, will result in high winds and heavy rain. Anteil's primary concern is the possibility of lengthy power outages due to downed trees.
The uninterruptible power supply systems which feed your servers will, at most, support it for 30 to 60 minutes. This is normally designed to give you enough time to shut down the servers. It will not support a full scale power outage of lengthy duration, should one occur. The rule of thumb is that power outages after a severe hurricane can last as long as 14 days. Moreover, given the likelihood of inclement weather prohibiting access to the servers, we are recommending to all of our customers that they follow proper shutdown procedures this Friday to make sure the servers are down before the power can go out. Please make necessary backups and, if you are in a low lying area, consider temporarily moving your server to a higher location (if possible) in case of flooding.
If you require any assistance with these procedures, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Thank you and stay safe!