8 IT lessons learned from the 2012 Summer Olympics

By John Brandon, CIO |  IT Management

Ondrej Krehel, the information security officer with IDentity Theft 911, says social engineering attacks will spike during major events. The lesson for any enterprise is that employees might be more susceptible to new hacking techniques if they are distracted.

8. Beef Up Data Center Capacity

Before any high-profile event, especially in the magnitude of an Olympic Games, be sure your data center can handle the onslaught. Neil Cresswell, managing director for infrastructure management company Savvis, says the company planned for the Olympics for 18 months. It added a fourth data center in London, increasing the megawatt capacity to 1.1 megawatts in the West London area. In addition, fuel generators were topped off as a secondary precaution, he says, in case there were any fuel transport problems. Finally, Savvis limited noncritical maintenance during the Games.

Tips: 3 Steps for Better Data Center Capacity Planning

John Brandon is a former IT manager at a Fortune 100 company who now writes about technology. He has written more than 2,500 articles in the past 10 years. You can follow him on Twitter @jmbrandonbb. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, on Facebook, and on Google +.

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