An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Whether they’re man-made or the result of a force of nature or other cataclysmic event, disasters are inevitable—just another risk of doing business. That’s why every organization, regardless of size or industry, needs to have a disaster recovery plan in place should an unforeseen event disrupt its primary data center.
Just as important, businesses need to make sure they can maintain application availability should a disaster occur. Here are some steps your customers can take to lessen the risk of a costly disruption.
- Physical facility inspection and maintenance—According to Forbes, lack of electrical maintenance is the primary reason for catastrophic data facility failure. So, it’s recommended that electrical connections be checked annually and physically upgraded at least every three years.
- Disaster avoidance infrastructure implementation—No hardware and software is totally resistant to the effects of a disaster, to be sure. But companies can strive for “fortress-grade”—starting with enterprise-class, fault-tolerant, highly resilient cluster servers and supporting them with uninterruptable power supplies, emergency generators and backup cooling systems. And for an extra level of protection, proper physical security measures like a flood sensor, fire alarm and/or video surveillance cameras should be installed to prevent theft or damage to the infrastructure.
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- Virtual machine migration—All of the workloads on a virtualized server could be migrated to other available servers. That way, the original system could still be maintained or upgraded to prevent hardware failures. Another option is to migrate workloads to servers at other remote facilities away from the eye of a storm or other natural disaster.
- Cloud-based solutions—Particularly for small and midsize companies, reliance on the cloud for business continuity assurance is a smart strategy. The cloud gives SMBs easy data backup, fail-over of servers and the ability to maintain a “secondary” data center for disaster recovery. Even large enterprises with sophisticated disaster recovery strategies and architecture may also find it more advantageous from a resource and cost perspective to rely on the cloud.
Even customers with limited resources need to consider disaster avoidance measures like those outlined above. And you can help them implement a plan that makes sense for them. To learn more about data recovery and data avoidance, check out the links below.
Data replication and disaster recovery: What’s the difference?
The three-step data center disaster recovery cheat sheet
And to consult with an expert, contact Nick Vermiglio