Mar 14, 2013

Disaster preparedness: recovery vs. prevention

Ansley Kilgore

Data_Center_floor_DSC_5354_680x340Many IT and operations professionals focus on establishing processes and procedures to get systems back up and running after a disruption, but it’s also important to have the right IT Infrastructure in place before disaster strikes. As part of your 2013 IT strategic planning, disaster recovery and prevention capabilities should always be one of the factors you evaluate.

Fortunately, it’s easy to mitigate disruptions when you have the right foundation for your infrastructure. Data centers, colocation services and cloud hosting are designed with business continuity in mind, plus you get the added benefit of improving internet performance. Let’s look at three elements of disaster resistant design and infrastructure that can help you prepare and sometimes prevent disruptions from happening.

Redundant power circuits
Internap colocation facilities help mitigate the likelihood of power outages by providing a second circuit path. Having redundancy options and backup power systems in place can help prevent a disruption before it begins. When evaluating providers, make sure their redundant network devices don’t connect to the same patch panel, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system, breaker or other infrastructure.

Routing Control
Whether you experience a major outage due to a natural disaster, or are simply having internet performance problems in your local area, our Managed Internet Route Optimizer™ (MIRO) will dynamically seek out the fastest route for optimal internet speed. This results in minimal impact on your business operations, even if your main internet provider goes down.

State-of-the-art fire prevention
Our data centers are equipped with the most advanced fire detection and control technology. We also have strict rules in place to prevent dangerous situations such as power surges from becoming a larger problem.

Don’t overlook the importance of disaster recovery during your 2013 IT strategic planning – put the right preventative measures in place before something unexpected happens. If you’re making decisions on new technologies or services that affect your infrastructure, be sure to evaluate their disaster recovery capabilities. Building the right IT foundation can help you prevent disruptions and avoid lost revenue, waning customer confidence and costly maintenance. The ability to recover your data and maintain business continuity after a disaster is critical to the success of your business.

At Internap, we go to great lengths to mitigate disasters. To learn more about maintaining business continuity, check out our ebook, Data Center Disaster Preparedness: Six Assurances You Should Look for in a Data Center Provider.

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