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Don’t spend hours speccing out an alternative, move to the cloud!

Cloud-based services mean instant, location-independent redundancy.

Maintaining location independence is critical to robustness in the face of disaster. The worst thing possible for your business is to be caught in a local disaster that wipes out not only the business but your support and recovery resources as well.

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But speccing out, establishing and maintaining an alternative site is a huge expense – not only of capital but time and planning effort. Fortunately, on the critical issue of data continuity, recent developments in cloud hosting technology have made it possible to fulfill nearly all your business computing functions remotely. From backups to actual real-time server access, cloud solutions can address any aspect of data continuity and disaster recovery. And the relevant cloud datacenters are already set up, already secure, already networked and supplied with reliable power. Unless you need an extremely unusual configuration, duplicating that infrastructure in order to keep your data in-house is almost certainly a wasted effort. And even if you do require in-house hardware, cloud configurations such as a hybrid cloud (mirroring local apps with a dedicated server in our datacenter, allowing internet access to both) can offer significant and robust disaster recovery options while maintaining the many advantages that come with a cloud-based implementation. These advantages include: location independence, hardware redundancy, spare capacity, physical security and data backup. In addition, you get all the cost and flexibility advantages normally associated with cloud server systems.

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In short, move your data to the cloud with a dedicated server or hybrid network solution, and you instantly achieve the major benefits of an alternative site at a fraction of the cost, and with none of the opportunity cost involved in the search and acquisition.

Cloud-based disaster recovery options can be tailored to your business, and new options and technologies are constantly being deployed. Talk to an experienced cloud hosting provider about how cloud technology can help you prepare for the unexpected while saving time, money and effort.

Disaster Recovery and Business continuity in the Cloud

Business continuity is the measure of successful disaster recovery.

Disasters can be measured in many ways. Some of these are obvious: lives lost, dollars cost, property destroyed, time spent rebuilding. But from a business perspective, the key factor is business continuity. If a company can operate during the disaster, and survives and is able to rebuild, then the disaster becomes part of, rather than the end of, the company history.

Disaster Recovery Atlantic.NetThe point is, normal measures of disaster severity don’t apply directly to businesses. If you rebuild after a devastating flood and maintain the business line, then that’s a triumph. But if you spill coffee in the server and have to go offline for several days, lose a key customer, and go under, then even that trivial “disaster” is catastrophic from the company perspective.  It’s important to remember that disaster recovery is concerned with protecting your operations and your business in the event of an unexpected disaster of any kind. But as many readers will know, many businesses do not implement such plans in time – they find the necessary preparations either too expensive or too complex. Fortunately, cloud hosting technology addresses several common concerns about disaster preparedness, and a cloud infrastructure can put you in a stronger position to weather all sorts of unexpected problems, from power outages and hardware failure to floods, fires, and earthquakes. The key disaster-recovery benefits of cloud servers come from two fundamental consequences of the cloud implementation:

Moving important computing services and infrastructure off-site, to a secure and redundant location.

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When you establish a cloud-based resource for your company, your data is automatically off-site; secured from office mishaps, break-ins, and natural disasters. Data can be mirrored across redundant sites for additional security.

Providing backup and maintenance as part of the hosting solution.

In addition, cloud server hosting automatically ensures that your data is securely stored on well-maintained systems with a dedicated support team. By definition, this team knows your system extremely well, and they can supplement or supplant your own in-house IT staff for disaster recovery functions.

Short of building a completely redundant ‘hot site’ in another city, cloud hosting provides the most comprehensive disaster preparedness solution possible, and does so at a fraction of the cost of an in-house team. In our next post we will discuss some of the advantages of cloud-based systems vs. an alternate business site.

The Cloud is a Cost-Effective Option for Disaster Recovery

Cloud hosting makes for easier recovery after any type of accident

Disaster recovery is all about trade-offs: you need to find a cost-effective solution that is always active and makes it as easy as possible to recover your data and restart your business if something bad happens. Of course, “something bad” covers quite a range of events, and could be applied to a lost laptop, a server crash, a break-in, a fire at headquarters, or a larger disaster like the recent earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

Data Recovery Atlantic.NetThe sheer magnitude of that range should make it clear that an effective disaster recovery option needs to include secure offsite backup at regular intervals.  Cloud computing is an excellent option for securing business data against disasters, because it consolidates all your data in an offsite location that is more secure and better-maintained than the internal IT infrastructure in most companies. It also means an in-house disaster won’t destroy valuable IT hardware and software that would then need to be replaced. And cloud computing allows a high level of service and security at a fraction of the cost of maintaining equivalent in-house data facilities.

Some of the direct benefits of the cloud hosting model are:

Servers are moved offsite to commercial facilities – lower risk of break-in, theft or hardware failure

  • State of the art security measures are always in place, and are updated and upgraded as needed – makes hacking or data interception less likely
  • An event that destroys an office won’t necessarily affect the data at all – leaving you one less thing to worry about during rebuilding
  • Backups occur daily, and archives kept for at least 1 month
  • For added security, data can be geographically redundant – i.e. mirrored in multiple data centers in different locations

Unfortunately, disasters happen to businesses. Cloud computing makes recovery easier since your main server resources and data storage are already offsite, and are consolidated for backup. And since your service provider is intimately familiar with your system, it’s possible to store your data as a useable image, rather than a series of files.  Recovery images contain your files and all the formatting, partition tables, and volume configuration needed for complete and instant disaster recovery.

Any kind of backup and recovery resource is better than nothing. But a plan that’s so complex you never implement it is worse than nothing – you have no coverage, and you have the expense and hassle of trying to do it yourself. Cloud computing offers an unprecedented combination of backup features at a low price, along with all the other benefits of cloud hosting for your business. A cloud server hosting IT model can help you get in business, stay in business, and recover from any mishaps along the way.

Florida Colocation Data Centers – A brief comparison.

Protecting your data is critical to your business longevity, and your business lifeline depends on ensuring your data will survive a natural disaster. This is very much true in a state known for miles of coastline, especially when there is the threat of severe hurricanes for more than half of the year. Just as the destructive force of hurricanes varies, so does the effect each hurricane has on different towns and cities across the state, some of which may not be affected by these hurricanes at all.

This leads me to wonder why organizations choose one city over another to host their mission critical data. The answer is simple: quality of life. People like to be close to the beaches so they can enjoy their lives. Does the same principle apply to securing their sensitive business data?  Absolutely, there are numerous data centers throughout Florida including Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville to name but a few. But why customers choose data center sites in Miami , Jacksonville or Tampa is beyond me, considering that the risk of hurricanes increases every year.

I have had discussions with technology professionals and consultants who are of the opinion that much more consideration should be given when choosing your data center site. Over the years, consultants have been consistently recommending safer data center strategies. It has always been about moving data inland, away from the fury of the tropical storms and hurricanes, if only for cold site redundancy.

Orlando can be considered an exception to the usual coastal hurricane problem zones. Compared with other data centers in the area, Orlando data centers are unique and offer peace of mind. Data center colocation in Miami , Tampa or Jacksonville may not be as safe as data center colocation in Orlando for a number of reasons. Continue reading

Atlantic.Net Sponsors Disaster Recovery Journal’s Spring World Orlando 2010

Atlantic.Net was a proud sponsor of  Disaster Recovery Journal’s (DRJ) 42nd annual conference, held March 22nd – 24th, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.  DRJ has been the leading publication focusing on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) for over twenty years and holds Spring and Fall conferences on both the East and West coasts.  These conferences help to educate organizations about the importance of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery , and BC/DR certification programs.

This was our second year sponsoring Spring World and the event seems to get bigger each year!  In addition to an exhibition hall packed with companies and associations, there was an extensive line up of educational sessions and workshops ranging from How to Design a Disaster Recovery Strategy Without Breaking the Bank to Dealing with Pandemics .  There was even a workshop dedicated to addressing BC/DR Solutions in a Wireless World .

DRJ also put on one heck of a networking party following the educational and training sessions, which provided a great opportunity for attendees to socialize with other business professionals who have an interest in BC/DR and a great environment for sharing ideas and information.

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Choosing a Data Center – Whitepaper

We recently sent out an offer in collaboration with the Disaster Recovery Journal for a free download of our whitepaper, Choosing a Data Center . We had such a great response from the DRJ crowd that it was clear to us that this information is in high demand, so we are making it available for you too!

If you are responsible for the IT operations of a successful organization there will come a day when the closet in the back of your corporate office will no longer suffice as your data center.  You will be asked to evaluate and select a data center to serve as a business continuity or disaster recovery site for mission critical services that power your business.  The intent of this whitepaper is to provide IT professionals with the rudimentary knowledge necessary to make a well informed decision about where and how their environments need to be hosted. Continue reading

Atlantic.Net Protects Businesses Through Another Hurricane Season!

As the 2009 hurricane season draws to a close we can all let out a huge sigh of relief. For some, that sigh will be larger than others if they weren’t prepared.  Atlantic.Net is always ready to weather the storm and we take pride that we are constantly thinking into the future.  Some of our preparations for this hurricane season included putting a new roof on our building, performing an entire overhaul of our industrial grade UPS-complete with new components, and performing preventative maintenance on our HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning).   As always, our secure, hurricane proof Data Center is staffed 24x7x365 with a back-up generator and multiple redundant connections to the Internet backbone. Continue reading

Atlantic.Net sponsors Disaster Recovery Journal’s 40th Conference!

Disaster Recovery Journal’s 40th conference, Spring World 2009, was held this year at Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center, in Orlando. Atlantic.Net was an exhibit sponsor at this event for the first time.  This was a very informative event and a great networking opportunity that allowed us to put our name in front of more than 1,000 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planners, Information Technology Managers, Consultants, Auditors, Corporate Safety and Risk Managers, and Security Managers. We were able to learn from and network with professionals from various industries like Banking and Finance, Manufacturing, Computer Service, Insurance, Health Care, Management Consulting, Communications, Government, Utilities, Retail, Transportation, Construction and Education.

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It was interesting to see so many banks and financial institutions seriously involved in disaster recovery, especially since they spent so little time trying to prevent the disaster those industries are in currently :) .  We were also pleased to see the  growing awareness of comprehensive Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning within the Health Care community. Continue reading