Organizations of all sizes continue to be more dependent on the continuous availability, compliance regulations and continuous access to their IT systems many organizations have an objective of 99.999% availability of critical systems. This increasing dependence on IT systems, as well as increased awareness from large-scale disasters, contributed to the further growth of various disaster recovery related industries, from high availability solutions to warm/hot site facilities.
Some of the most common strategies for protecting your data will include:
- Backups made to tape and sent off-site at regular intervals
- Backups made to disk on-site and automatically copied to off-site disk, or made directly to off-site disk
- Replication of data to an off-site location, which overcomes the need to restore the data (only the systems then need to be restored or synchronized), often making use of storage area networks (SAN) technology
- Hybrid Cloud solutions that replicate to both on-site 'appliances' and off-site facilities. These solutions provide the ability to instantly fail-over to local on-site hardware, but in the event of a physical disaster, servers can be brought up in the cloud data centers as well.
- The use of high availability systems which keep both the data and system replicated off-site, enabling continuous access to systems and data, even after a disaster (often associated with cloud storage.
In many cases, an organization will elect to use an outsourced disaster recovery provider to provide a stand-by site and systems rather than using their own remote facilities, increasingly via cloud computing environment.
Business continuity and disaster recovery are essential in today’s IT environments. Ask us about our availability at one of our geo-redundant data center locations.