Disaster recovery planning continues to be a priority initiative for businesses of all types. However, all kinds of solutions exist. One of those alternatives, and the focus of this article, is using a colocation data center. You can use a colocation facility rather than setting up your own disaster recovery site in a remote location.
To safeguard operations, companies can migrate their data center operations to a colocation service provider. The service provider’s data center houses multiple customers’ equipment. Because the equipment is housed off-site, colocation is a good solution for disaster recovery.
In a colocation facility, organizations have access to a data center for housing their own network, servers and storage equipment. Once you determine the data center is secure and in the right location for your requirements, you can expect to leverage several benefits for disaster recovery.
Advantages of Colocation for Disaster Recovery
Because you’re moving your network, servers, data storage and other equipment to a remote location, you can reduce overhead and increase operating efficiencies. Cost and performance improvements represent huge benefits on their own. However, when you consider colocation as a viable disaster recovery solution on top of this, the migration decision becomes much easier to make.
Many providers offer a managed services model. Although this type of service strategy makes sense in certain situations, a colocation only model has a definite advantage for disaster recovery. A primary reason is control.
When you outsource your operation completely, you’re giving up some control. You’re dependent on your outsourcing provider to manage your operation expertly, even when disaster strikes. However, in colocation, you still maintain control over all hardware, software, communications and other issues. The only difference is your data center is in a different location.
Evaluating Security Features of a Colocation Facility
When you house your equipment in someone else’s facility, you need to make sure it’s entirely secure. But how?
First and foremost, you need to inspect the site in person – just like you would do with your own facility. For example, evaluate the generator situation. Determine how many generators are in place, where they’re located, how far apart they are and whether they’re easily accessible. You’ll want to also check out the UPS rooms to get a sense for overall efficiency and protection.
In addition, look into the facility’s security. Confirm things like around-the-clock monitoring with cameras and video, presence of security and surveillance personnel, redundancy strategies and more. If a facility is SAE16 compliant, you’ll most likely have the security features in place to ensure an excellent disaster recovery solution.
Location of a Colocation Facility
To safeguard your operation during a disaster, it’s important to use a colocation facility in close proximity to your organization. If something happens at your primary site, you want to get to your colocation facility as quickly as possible. If the data center is across the country, you’ll likely have to travel more than a few hours.
Using a colocation facility for disaster recovery is a sound and economical decision. You’ll be paying for only space and at the same time maintaining complete control of your equipment. Your valuable IT operations will be protected remotely in a secure data center.
CyrusOne Guaranteed Performance
By delivering a 100% uptime Service Level Agreement, CyrusOne guarantees performance through a Distributed Redundant Power Architecture. Our customers can also maintain one leg at 2N while opting to use another in an N+1 or other configuration. Given our unique capabilities, we’ve never been in a hard down situation.
Adding to this high level of performance, CyrusOne uses separate parallel transformers with separate parallel underground utility feeds to ensure seamless core power availability. We also incorporate dual power feeds from multiple power distribution units within each enclosure to support optimal distribution of electric power with no downtime. Multiple generators, fuel tanks and batteries also ensure seamless power continuity and 100 percent uptime for all components within the facility.
CyrusOne is dedicated to increasing the availability and efficiency of our customer’s mission-critical business applications and safeguarding their data in our highly secure data centers regardless of disaster events. We’re committed to delivering the peace of mind that comes from using enhanced IT resources and leveraging the redundancy and security of our world-class enterprise data centers.