For IT, climate change means preparing for disaster

IT managers understand the hazards of heat inside data centers. But what about outside it?

Cordell Schachter, the CTO of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), who went through Hurricane Sandy in 2012, says climate trends will increasingly impact IT operations.

“At one time, you could go through a whole career without facing one of those situations” — something like a Sandy — said Cordell. But he now believes if “you have a career spanning more than a decade” you may see one or two major weather events.

Scientists are increasingly connecting extreme weather events to man-made climate change. Insurance claims are rising.

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