In the context of a data center, it is hard to be hyperbolic when describing an event as a “disaster.” An event as commonplace as a spring thunderstorm can be enough to wreak havoc: flooding, fallen trees, lightning strikes, and power outages are all possible. One ever-increasing threat to the data center environment is grid stability. In the last 30 years, grid-level power outages in the United States have increased nearly 300%, with over 3,600 blackouts costing American businesses $150 billion dollars in 2014. Aging infrastructure, increased power demand, and more erratic weather systems will cause those numbers to continue to rise. Hardening your data center against power loss is critical to maintaining up-time.