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Recognizing a Good Data Center Business Continuity Plan

diaster recoveryToday, the concept of disaster recovery has taken a back seat to the idea of business continuity. This is a good thing, and it means that your business can continue to meet its objectives, even in the face of disasters. Technologies like cloud computing have helped to make it so that your business can operate whenever and wherever it needs to operate. Just because your data center is under three feet of water doesn’t mean that your entire business should need to shut down.

Still, there is a strong need for identifying business continuity procedures and for having a system that automatically triggers when disaster strikes. Here are some of the key considerations you need to keep in mind when thinking about your data center’s business continuity plan:

•    A good business continuity plan is customized to your data center. Your data center (and your organization) are unique. You have unique needs and you have unique processes. Simply borrowing a business continuity plan from another data center won’t do.

•    A good business continuity plan considers security. One of the biggest risks you face during, for example, failover to a backup data center is the security risk. Your continuity plan needs to be able to keep pace with the necessary protection levels that your data needs at all times.

•    A good business continuity plan considers business imperatives. One of the advantages to all of the emphasis on virtualization and consolidation in the data center is that it has forced us to identify which applications and processes are business critical. A business continuity plan aims to keep those applications and processes operating as flawlessly as possible.

•    A good business continuity plan is also preventative. While you can’t anticipate every possible disaster that could strike your data center, you need to do a risk assessment. Figure out what your most likely points of failure are going to be. From there, you can implement processes to minimize the risk from those points of failure, and you can also create business continuity processes and procedures that respond to those specific dangers.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.