Why Data Center Colocation Solutions Are Essential for Overall Disaster Recovery Planning

Data center colocation solutions play a critical role in your overall disaster recovery planning. When evaluating different solutions, businesses must consider the facility capabilities and the provider’s expertise to ensure access to the most reliable environment possible.

When a disaster comes to mind, many businesspeople think of major events like hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes, terrorist attacks and more. However, anytime operations cease, even from a utility power outage, the results can be disastrous for a company.

Several factors contribute to strong disaster recovery capabilities in data center colocation solutions:

  • Speed of recovery – If a disaster causes a widespread power outage, can the data center continue to operate? And, does it have the necessary backup power and fuel supply to continue operating during an extended outage?

These are vital questions every business must answer. The focus should be on choosing a provider that designed its infrastructure to handle a major failure.

  • Minimize downtime and data loss – What steps has the provider taken to ensure maximum availability? How reliable is the environment?

A service provider should have built its facility to meet customer expectations for reliability. After all, they have to keep their clients’ businesses up and running. Service providers should also design their environments with the proper level of cooling and power redundancies.

  • Immune to bad weather conditions – Each data center location will have weather risks. The central plains usually experience more tornadoes than other parts of the country. The coastal areas are well known for hurricanes and flooding. The Southwestern states endure record-high temperatures in the summer while the Midwestern states experience brutally cold winters.

Whatever weather risks your location faces, your data center provider’s facilities must be built and managed to withstand them.

  • Security – By providing advanced physical security, service providers greatly minimize downtime as a result of unauthorized access. Physical barriers, sophisticated access and monitoring technologies, and on-site personnel provide the necessary security to aid in any sound disaster recovery plan.
  • Redundancies – Data center providers offer help with a disaster recovery strategy in a number of ways, including providing the necessary level of redundancies. Redundant power, cooling and other facility systems can ensure operations continue even in the event of an outage.

Data center colocation solutions can have a major impact on your disaster recovery plan. By working with a proven data center colocation provider, you gain access to experience and expertise, as well as a sophisticated facility well equipped to aid in protecting your valuable IT infrastructure.

FairPoint’s data centers provide organizations with network connectivity and rack space in physically secure, reliable locations. Businesses can use this space as primary or secondary data center sites. In addition, data center colocation space can also be employed as an essential part of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. FairPoint’s data centers are strictly controlled environments with essential power, cooling, connectivity and security features – including continuous video monitoring and keycard access at ingress points.

For data center colocation services that address your remote storage, off-site IT and disaster recovery requirements, call FairPoint Data Center Services (1.866.984.4001) or visit www.fairpoint.com/businessclassdatacenter.

FairPoint Communications

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