Disaster Recovery

Hot site protection on the cheap

In years gone by, fully redundant “hot site” colocation was seen as the gold standard for robust disaster recovery protection.  Having a geographically distinct site with redundant data storage and functionality was certainly good insurance against nearly any imaginable disaster, but of course the cost and complexity of establishing and maintaining distinct functional hot sites were impossible for most businesses to absorb. An array of other options (data-only backup, cold sites that require startup time) came into use as cost-effective alternatives, but each offered significant drawbacks and made it difficult for companies to implement a disaster recovery plan that was both comprehensive and affordable.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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