Data center colocation services are an invaluable option as organizations make their disaster recovery plans. There are a variety of ways to take advantage of colocation for disaster recovery, but one of the most prominent is to use the systems housed in the third-party location for remote backup. A good disaster recovery plan is about more than just creating a place where data can be housed safely, and a colocation provider is able to give you resilient, high-performance data center assets that help you create a secondary configuration in a cost-efficient way.
Having a backup configuration, not just data storage systems, allows you to switch over to the alternate setup at a moment's notice, making it much easier to avoid downtime. Here are three ways that this is especially valuable when dealing with winter storms include:
1. Keeping business operational during extended outages
Blizzards and other storms, like the recent weather disaster impacting the Buffalo, New York, region, can leave homes and businesses in an area without power for days. Organizations cannot afford to close down customer-facing apps, websites and Web services during that time. Simply backing up data to make sure it isn't lost during the power outage is not enough to keep a business afloat under these circumstances. Even if your workers can't get online because power is out in their homes and the roads are inaccessible, having customer-facing systems in a remote colocation facility can go a long way to ensuring a business remains, at least on some level, operational during a crisis.
2. Robust data center connectivity
Winter storms are known for taking down power and network lines, and you can't afford to lose productivity because the Internet is down. Colocation plans feature resilient and redundant network connections that can filter all of the data coming to your site, or to workers via the Web, through its various interconnects and operator access points to give you access to the Internet through multiple sources.
One of the best ways to fight a winter storm is to avoid it. You can't move your business out of the way of a storm, but a colocation facility that is an hour or two away from your primary offices can be left almost entirely unaffected by a storm that has a major impact in your town. Having a colocation plan lets you anticipate storm conditions based on weather reports and switch over to the secondary configuration before problems arise.
A good colocation plan creates a combination of resiliency, reliability and convenience that is difficult to ignore when dealing with winter storms.