We aren’t the only ones talking about disaster resistance. A recent InfoWorld article explains that you should never plan for a disaster when it’s staring you in the face. Luckily there’s a much different way to approach IT disaster preparedness: make sure you start the disaster planning process when you’re not under the gun
Of course, we knew that all along.
But the great thing about disaster resistance is that the concept bears repeating. What good is backup and disaster recovery without some redundancy? With that in mind, let’s see what InfoWorld has to say.
The article’s first suggestion is to make sure you’ve got a secondary data center (or, if you’re a smaller business, secondary equipment) available. This used to mean a company had to spend exorbitant amounts of money building a secondary data center with nearly identical equipment and complex failover procedures. Sorry, that’s just silly. Few companies, large or small, have the resources to do that. There are a few other types of location you can use, but the best option might be to rent someone else’s data center (why not use one from the experts in backup and disaster recovery?).
The colocation industry is constantly growing and it’s becoming quite affordable to “rent” a piece of a third-party data center. This saves you the work and money involved in doubling your computer systems, plus in many cases, you have the ability to virtualize the equipment you need instantly from the cloud when disaster strikes—you can even have a secondary backup for an extra layer of security.
Remember, this is your critical IT infrastructure and all of your data that you’re putting in someone else’s hands. You’ve got to make sure that they take good care of it—you don’t want your data housed at Dirty Jack’s trailer park server hut. Your cloud provider ought to have their own physical redundancies in place so that nothing happens to your data when something goes wrong.
The article continues by mentioning that even small businesses can afford to use cloud backup since the cost of storage space is always decreasing. StorageCraft Cloud Services is a great way for small businesses to take advantage of cloud backup through our MSP program.
An MSP can purchase a block of storage space in the StorageCraft cloud, use it to store his client’s data for backup purposes, and charge whatever seems fair. Our own Mark Crall goes into a lot more detail about this inhis latest post about service-level agreements and disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) that can help you sort out the details.
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