Align Your Data Center Infrastructure With Disaster Recovery Requirements

Topics: Cloud Backup | Data Center Management

Business continuity and high availability are among the driving forces influencing all IT investments today. In an era of 24-x-7 global operations, any downtime can have significant repercussions in lost revenues, missed opportunities and damage to reputation. According to one study, the average cost of data center infrastructure downtime is $5,600 per minute, and the cost of an average downtime incident is more than $500,000.1

By choosing the right partner for data center colocation, organizations of all sizes can reduce their risks for downtime, and can much more closely align their disaster recovery requirements with their business objectives. What do we mean by that? Your disaster recovery plan must meet the targeted recovery time objectives and recovery point objectives the organization and IT have established. Failure to meet these objectives puts the business at risk.

Unfortunately, few firms can state with absolute confidence that these objectives will be met in the event of a disaster. A quarter of all businesses don’t even test their disaster recovery processes, according to IDC.2 When Gartner surveyed organizations about disaster recovery testing several years ago, only 35% said they were able to recover their data without problems.3 Working with traditional third-party data center providers can often be a challenge: Many of them don’t have a history in disaster recovery, and few of them follow industry-accepted best practices.

That is where working with Iron Mountain Data Centers can make a huge difference, whether you are migrating your entire data center operation with us or just your disaster recovery site. Iron Mountain has a long history of more than 60 years of working with companies to protect their most important information so that they can get back up and running in the event of disaster. In fact, Iron Mountain has conducted more than 45,000 disaster recovery tests. Iron Mountain offers facilities that are secure, protected and highly resilient. All of our data center facilities offer redundant power and cooling, as well as off-line storage of media.

Among the advantages to Iron Mountain customers is locating their data center in our widely known as The Underground. This is a former limestone mine built 220 feet underground. The Underground is strategically located away from fault lines and flood zones and protected from natural disasters. It has housed vital records for decades—important historical artifacts from government agencies and enterprises — Therefore it is a good option for disaster recovery and Continuity of Operations (COOP).

Iron Mountain Data Centers takes a pragmatic approach to disaster recovery. In addition to secure and resilient facilities, we provide the expertise and staff to help you refine and test your disaster recovery plans and use offsite tape vaulting services to help you manage your backup-of-the-backup or backup of last resort. This way you can have confidence that your data centers will be in complete alignment with the business requirements of your disaster recovery strategies.