What happens if your network infrastructure becomes unavailable? Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Solutions always must focus first on RTO (Recovery Time Objective). How long can you afford to be down? Thoughtful analysis is required to determine what systems are integral to your business. You may wish to develop a true “hot site” environment that continually replicates some or all of your local working network environment. Or if recovery time is somewhat less critical, you may only need to set up a “standby” environment of one or more servers that can be brought online to replicate your most critical business processes. The appropriateness of any solution is dependent on your tolerance for “down time” and how fast you need to be up and running again to minimize potential damage to your operations.
With your systems replicated at our Cyrus One data center, you can identify users to remotely access key applications in the event of a disaster or loss of business premises. Periodic testing can be scheduled to ensure systems will perform as intended.
One must also widen the scope by recognizing that systems replication is actually the final step in a complete Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity plan. It really begins with a thorough understanding of your current systems, how they operate, how they are maintained, and most critically, how they are backed up! You may wish to engage ACT to perform a site survey and analysis of your current environment so that you can better gauge where you are and where you may need to go.
Contact us to explore your options for “hot site”, “standby” or other variations of Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity strategies including analysis and system replication.