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3 Important Considerations for Choosing a Disaster Recovery Site

After one of the coldest winters on record, I am looking forward to spring. But with April showers comes an increased chance of severe storms and flooding which could wreak havoc on your IT infrastructure and have an impact on your bottom line. A good disaster recovery plan can go a long way in minimizing the effects of an unplanned outage.

As COO of Immedion, customers often ask me which factors are most important when selecting a disaster recovery site. Here are a few key elements to consider when making your decision:

Location. Physical location is perhaps the most important factor when choosing a disaster recovery site. The disaster recovery location should be sufficiently distanced from your primary data center. The recommended amount of distance between the two sites varies depending on who you ask, but we suggest a minimum of 50 miles.

Location is an especially important consideration for businesses located in natural or man-made disaster prone areas. Immedion chose to open a data center facility in Asheville, NC specifically because it has a very low risk of severe weather or man-made threats.

Redundancy. When it comes to power, network and air conditioning, having back-ups for your back-ups is necessary to provide reliable data center and disaster recovery services. Even the latest and greatest equipment can fail, making redundant UPS systems and on-site generators a must. In the same vein, network availability and the number of carrier options can also impact reliability and cost. Carrier-neutral facilities have multiple carrier options that allow for optimized traffic, high levels of network redundancy, and leverage in contract negotiations with a network provider.

Staff and Support. During your disaster recovery provider evaluation, ask yourself if you feel comfortable with the expertise of the staff. Do they have enough experience and knowledge to help you in a disaster situation? Are you confident that they will respond quickly and appropriately? Do they offer 24/7/365 support? These are the people you will depend on to get your infrastructure up and running again in the face of a disaster. It is important to choose a disaster recovery provider you trust and will serve as an extension of your IT department should you need to implement your disaster recovery plan.

To get a complete list of factors you should consider when selecting a disaster recovery facility, take a look at our Data Center Disaster Recovery Checklist.

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