As the breadth and depth of businesses’ IT capabilities evolve by the day, it’s an unfortunate truth that threats to IT operations are evolving as well. As businesses transform their strategies and incorporate an increasing amount of technology, they do garner competitive edges and valuable benefits — but they also become more vulnerable to hacking, natural disasters, outages and other destructive events. In 2019, out of 1,575 surveyed organizations across the world, 82 percent reported that they had experienced 1-10 unplanned outages (30 percent reported 5-25 outages in this period). While these outages can occur for a range of reasons both natural and man-made, the cost to the enterprise is clear. If business-critical systems fall victim to downtime, organizations face potentially huge losses in revenue, productivity, customer trust, public opinion and more.
Even in an era when business continuity has never been more important, one recent study of 300 IT decision-makers reports that while 80 percent said that IT infrastructure performance and availability is a top concern, more than half expect to experience an outage so severe it will make the news.
Undoubtedly, protecting against every risk is impossible, and the costs of IT disaster recovery solutions can be high. Backing up data off-site isn’t enough anymore, and owning and maintaining a secondary data center site along with private network connections between locations can exceed budgets and distract resources from the business’s core purpose.
Colocation for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Improves IT Resilience
Fortunately, there are good IT disaster recovery solutions available. Although requirements are expanding and demands are growing more critical from increasingly digital strategies, colocation data center providers are evolving to meet the disaster recovery and business continuity needs of the future. In fact, 451 Research reports that 53 percent of enterprises utilizing colocation do so for disaster recovery purposes. To optimize the use of resources in facilitating a more resilient IT architecture, partnering with the right data center provider is essential.
At DC BLOX, we offer the insight and the tools that allow businesses to meet their unique disaster recovery and business continuity goals, delivering building blocks that include secure, reliable data centers, a low-latency private network, cloud storage for data protection and cloud ramps for public cloud connectivity.
At the core of our disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities, DC BLOX colocation services provide cost-effective, state-of-the-art Tier 3 colocation data centers. Each offers N+1 diesel generators and UPS backup systems, dual path (A & B) power busses for greater power resilience and 100 percent SLA-backed power, temperature and humidity. This ensures that even if utility power is lost, each cabinet is equipped with two backup power sources.
Every DC BLOX data center offers a cloud storage platform, not only allowing for optimized data backup and recovery, but enabling geographic diversity through data replication across any DC BLOX location.
The private, high-bandwidth, low-latency network that connects all DC BLOX data centers has built-in resilience through redundant connections and dynamic routing to ensure reliable data communications. Our data center connectivity services also enable virtual local area networks (VLANs) to be stretched between data centers to support a truly continuous availability solution. While many companies are leveraging the public cloud for their disaster recovery scenarios, DC BLOX connectivity services enable hybrid cloud configurations with private, on-demand connections to all major public cloud providers.
As a regional partner in the Southeastern U.S., our facilities offer the added benefit of residing in locations across underserved markets within driving distance from major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta and Nashville. This means that redundant infrastructure and data can be placed in a DC BLOX data center outside the weather and power impact zone of a company’s primary data center while still remaining close enough for IT staff to commute to.
There may not be a one-size-fits-all solution for disaster recovery with such a wide variety of business applications and needs, but DC BLOX offers an array of foundational and advanced services to enable customized solutions that reduce risk and optimize costs. To improve your company’s IT resilience, partnering with a trusted data center provider should be a core element of your IT strategy.
DC BLOX is a multi-tenant data center provider delivering the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business. DC BLOX’s software-defined network services enable access to a wealth of providers, partners and platforms to businesses across the Southeast. DC BLOX’s connected data centers are in Atlanta, GA; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN, and Birmingham, AL. For more information, please visit www.dcblox.com, call +1. 877.590.1684, and connect with DC BLOX on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook.