Holistic planning key for IT disaster recovery

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Finding success with IT disaster recovery plans requires a broad approach to protecting data and ensuring backup systems are available when necessary.

For example, an organization that ignores the network in its disaster recovery plans could find itself in a position where the backup systems are working properly, but the data takes a couple of hours to make it to the primary data center once it is running again.

Distance also has to be included. Backing up data is necessary and some businesses will do so by replicating their internal data centers in different branch offices. However, if these facilities are in the same general area they could be impacted by the same disaster, nullifying the backup efforts.

Colocation can alleviate many of these challenges. Implementing a colocation plan gives organizations access to a third-party data center equipped with redundant power and network systems, allowing them to back up their data in the facility and ensure it is protected. Taking advantage of a colocation solution in a location a couple of hours away from the office can provide another level of resiliency. Furthermore, many colocation services come with advanced network functionality.

These capabilities make colocation an ideal option for businesses seeking a holistic IT disaster recovery strategy that can sustain their data through many types of emergencies.