Your clients depend on your business to be up and running for them. Your company may or may not have dependability and reliability as part of its core branding, yet watch how fast clients go elsewhere when they can’t get what they need from you when they want it. For every IT department, reliability and dependability are traits that are non-negotiable.
Most companies have redundancies built in to their data centers which let them restore from backups. DR, Disaster Recovery, goes beyond the scope of a backup solution to offer protection against disasters of the natural as well as human-made variety by replicating environments to multiple, geographically dispersed locations. DR also involves thorough planning and testing so that processes are already there for recovering from a disaster and your stakeholders know for absolute certain that the company can relatively painlessly recover from an incident.
The larger and more complex the data center, the more difficult it is to implement and maintain an effective Disaster Recovery solution. It’s a bit of a paradox, really. The longer an organization has been in business and the more clients it has served, the more dependable and reliable its image becomes. At the same time, though, its IT infrastructure as very likely become more complex over years of upgrades, consolidations, M & A, legacy apps, etc. Disaster Recovery as a Service then becomes an attractive solution.
Disaster Recovery as a Service
Disaster Recovery as a Service significantly reduces the burden of maintaining one or more secondary remote data centers. DR costs typically involve significant hardware and equipment maintenance expenses as well as labor costs for managing that second environment. Annual testing alone can put a huge strain on the whole IT department, especially if the DR solution in place isn’t all that dependable. Disaster Recovery as a Service transforms this burden into a regular operational expense with much less work time and stress for IT staff.
DR as a Service solutions are not all created equal.
Perhaps your company is already in a DR as a Service agreement. If you aren’t satisfied with your current DRaaS provider, it is best to start considering other options at least six months to a year before your contract comes due.
What to consider when evaluating a DR as a Service solution
- Does it handle your heterogeneous environment completely?
- Are your SLA’s met?
- Does it provide 100% uptime?
- When you have to go onsite, are the facilities clean, well-organized, and comfortable and the personnel helpful?
- Do your DR tests get good marks and meet audit and compliance requirements?
- Are you paying too much?
Here are some of the reasons that Volta has partnered with Recovery Point Systems:
Long history of providing DRaaS
Recovery Point began business under First Federal Corporation in 1982. It has provided secure services to the Federal government since 1984, and became an independent privately held corporation in 1998. With 6 geographically dispersed facilities and 175,000 square feet of recovery and data storage resources,
Supports complex data center environments
Recovery Point is well-positioned to support heterogeneous configuration containing combinations of VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Open Virtual Format (OVF) VMs, as well as IBM AIX (LPARs), IBM iSeries LPARs and mainframe z/VMs, Linux on z and z/OS LPARs. As such, it is one of only a few providers with years of experience supporting large complex data center configurations.
Recovery Point’s highly scalable, low latency network has had 100% uptime since inception and it provides direct cross-connect access for customers to a large number of network carriers for interconnection and traffic exchange. In addition to enabling higher-capacity connections, this approach can reduce the negative replication throughput impact of end-to-end network latency.
Work Area at Facilities
During implementation and testing particularly, IT staff will occasionally need to be on-site at the DR location. Recovery Point Systems makes this time relatively painless by offering
- Private management offices
- Strategy rooms with voice/data connections
- Conference rooms with voice/data connections and cable television
- Kitchens and lounges
- Copiers and fax machines
- Virtual end-user positions – deployed anywhere
Recovery Point is the lowest-risk provider with guaranteed recovery at a primary center, superior infrastructure, and Tier III certified facilities They possess a Flexible, multi-protocol network, contract flexibility and scalability with Proof of Concept Testing and direct access to executive management. And then there’s their proven performance. Recovery Point has 30 years experience in Disaster Recovery support services.
Volta has partnered with Recovery Point Systems to offer their award-winning services along with our own services to help with planning, architecting, migration, and testing of your new DRaaS solution.