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Delta Airlines Data Center Outage Makes Good Case for Backup IT Systems

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Delta made headlines around the world when their data center had a significant power outage that resulted in grounding all flights, stranding millions of travelers and costing Delta millions and millions of dollars and bad publicity. 

Almost every company around the globe relies on access to digital assets to conduct their day to day Business.  What happens to your business if that connectivity, for whatever reason, goes down?  You don’t have to be a multi-billion dollar company to understand that business continuity and disaster recovery is a top priority in your overall business strategy.  If you aren’t a multi-billion dollar company, the financial impact of such an event could be much more devastating to your companies viability.

How do you go about putting a plan in place that will allow you to continue to conduct business in the event the unthinkable should happen?  Whether it is mother nature, equipment failure or human error; these things happen.  You don’t want to be caught playing the “Could’ve/Should’ve” game, when it is too late and you have already lost money, time, data, goodwill and customers.

When looking for a secondary data center for your disaster recovery/business continuity plan here are a list of things to consider:

  1. Location: Is the data center you choose far enough away from your primary that it won’t be effected by the same events should your primary system go down for some reason?
  2. Power Density: Is the data center able to handle a variety of power density requirements such as HPC, mainframe systems, blade servers and the latest technology platforms?
  3. Redundancy: Choosing a mission critical facility for you DR footprint will require understanding the redundancy of critical infrastructure such as HVAC, UPS, Generators and Batteries. A data center with a minimum of N+1 (what you “Need” + 1 spare) redundancy on all of their physical infrastructure from power and cooling to incoming fiber is important to your peace of mind.
  4. Accessibility: This will be critical should you need to switch operations over during a disaster.  Is there an airport nearby that is easy to get to? Is it close enough to drive?  Are there hazards that may prevent you from accessing your backup systems?
  5. Access to Third Parties: Having interaction with third party service providers is mandatory at a data center site. Will you have access to the vendors you need, when you need them?
  6. Scalability: As your business grows, your digital footprint will grow as well. Will you have the ability to expand your computing platform in the future? Do you have the ability to add more space, racks, power &/or cooling?

DataSite understands the importance of your digital assets, both primary and secondary.  We can help your organization obtain exactly what you need for your disaster recovery footprint. Everything from a single locking cabinet to a private suite delivering multiple megawatts to thousands of servers, DataSite has the space, power, cooling and security to ensure that access to your primary and backup systems is available 24/7/365.

Don’t take chances with your business, make sure you have a DR plan in place and a colocation site that is here to help ensure your business’ continued success.

Contact us today at 877-DS4-COLO (374-3656) or request an online quote today!

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