Only a few years ago, disaster recovery plans required a second data center, which needed to be located a safe distance away from the primary data center. Many businesses located their second site on opposite sides of the county, while others had a second center in another building close by or across town.
The second redundant data center could be quite costly and needed to be identical to the primary data center with the same storage, compute and network capabilities. Plus it needed to be fully staffed. Connectivity was also a big concern for the secondary site, because a data connection between the two locations was often very slow. Any data changes could take a long time to synchronize, causing delays to disaster recovery and business continuity efforts.
Technology advancements enable BCDR
Technology has vastly improved BCDR efforts. With server virtualization, hardware no longer needs to be identical at both locations. Desktop virtualization, with its replication and connectivity attributes, makes disaster recovery much easier. Connectivity, although still an important factor, has also greatly advanced site-to-site connectivity.
“When there’s an interruption in IT services, your customers still expect their business to run smoothly,” said Adam Catbagan, manager of technical services at Arrow ECS. “IT departments are expected to protect company data and ensure that the right people and processes are in place to restore normal business function. A well-designed BCDR plan is most definitely a competitive advantage.”
To be fully protected, businesses still need a second site. And Managed Service Providers, who remotely manage a customer’s IT infrastructure using cloud as an enabler, may be a good alternative for many organizations. As a result, businesses often see a significant cost reduction because of the MSPs pay-for-use pricing structure and the reduced need for space, infrastructure and other resources.
“An effective DR strategy could use the public cloud as the recovery site for reestablishing access to business data, applications and desktops,” Catbagan stated. “Blended DR strategies that combine remote sites with MSP services and public cloud could also be considered.”
How Arrow can help
Why not take advantage of Arrow’s Technology Services, Solutions Lab and Cloud Services to extend your design and implementation offerings. Arrow also has a comprehensive set of suppliers who can help make BCDR planning and implementation easier for your end-customers.
For additional information on BCDR, contact your Arrow representative.