Technology is becoming increasingly essential to the daily operations of most businesses, making a company’s IT infrastructure a critical part of how businesses function in the future. As a result, in the case of an outage, a company can grind to a halt, inconveniencing customers and potentially losing critical data and potential business. As a result, it is essential for a business to plan for the worst.
Business continuity solutions help to ensure the protection of your data and IT infrastructure, either backed up in a separate location or protected in the cloud, so that in the event of a disaster the applications and information necessary to continue operations can be quickly accessed and utilized. Atlantic Metro Communications can play a key role in your company’s business continuity plan in several ways, offering solutions to help protect your business in a wide variety of ways. In particular, we offer two major services which can be adapted to fit your specific needs:
- Server Backups – Through our disaster recovery backup service, your data and infrastructure will be replicated securely to servers collocated in one of our many data centers, located in a variety of locations across the United States, preserving and protecting critical data and allowing business to continue, even in the face of catastrophe. The network and server redundancy provided by this solution can be vital when mitigating risk in the case of an unforeseen disaster.
- Continuous Data Protection – In addition to these backups, Atlantic Metro, as a VMware partner, offers a continuous data protection solution which allows for greater safety and redundancy, so that in the case of an outage, all of your data is safe, secure, and accessible in the cloud. Your important data is replicated regularly and kept ready to be used when you need it. This can be used separately or in conjunction with our server backups.
These solutions provide you with key elements necessary for the development of an efficient, comprehensive business continuity plan:
- Network Redundancy – Access to corporate resources, such as data and email often rely on network connectivity. Redundant networks are designed to eliminate single points of failure and ensure that connectivity still is available if service via your primary network path is interrupted. Work is interrupted less often for users because the network continues to function.
- Server Redundancy – Having one or more redundant servers is an important way to minimize downtime should a server fail, especially during a natural disaster or power outage that causes a data center site to be unavailable. Using a process known as automatic failover, operations of the primary server are transferred to the secondary device when a failure or interruption is detected. Redundant servers can be either dedicated physical machines, virtual machine hosted in the cloud, or a hybrid solution that leverage both technologies.
- Backup Data Storage – In an enterprise, because the loss of business data can be catastrophic, it is important that a backup storage solution is in place. The primary purpose is to recover data after its loss, be it by data deletion or corruption. Though backups popularly represent a simple form of disaster recovery, they should be part of a comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
- Location Diversity – When implementing any disaster recovery or business continuity solution, the location of your service and data center facilities should be considered. Choosing an offsite secondary location for your disaster recovery services has its benefits, particularly during natural disasters.
- Expertise & Knowledge – If you have never considered adding disaster recovery or backup solutions to your existing services, you will have many questions which need answering, and so a team of experts who are willing to work with you to create a solution which best protects your business is essential.