NASA and others (such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) do monitor for X-class flares and their associated magnetic storms. And another comforting thought is that while the very recent solar flare set off an extremely fast-moving CME, but the ejected cloud of plasma and charged particles was not directly aimed at Earth and hit the planet at an angle instead. In short, this CME’s impact is lessened.
But it is yet another reminder that regular and vigilant disaster recovery planning is necessary.
No one wants to have to make the call to his or her boss, alerting them to the fact that a solar flare and resulting CME has taken down the data center and data has been lost, mainly because there were no robust backup power supplies or automated fail-overs.