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Current & Emerging Storage Trends

Traditionally, storage was primarily about archiving, compliance, and disaster recovery. With the rise of big data analytics and machine learning, data has taken on strategic value, which businesses of all sizes are intent to squeeze for all its insightful juice. This trend is pushing customers to prioritize storage performance to a degree not common in the past.

DRP Guide Part Three: Making the DRP a Living Document

Does your evolving list of vendors and suppliers include an entity incapable of disaster recovery—and if so, what will you do about it? Does your backup facility have enough bandwidth to do a full data restore in an acceptable amount of time? Probing the DRP will help identify possible points of failure and things that have been overlooked.

DRP Guide Part Two: Elements of an Effective DRP

Make sure more than one person can handle every key task and is prepared to do so in the case of a disaster. The primary designee could be on vacation or out sick when an emergency arises, or they could be prevented from completing their tasks by the disaster itself, being injured, unable to get to the site, etc. Alternates are essential.

The DRP Guide, Part One: Preparing for Disaster Recovery Planning

It would be great to have every application back up within seconds of a disaster-induced failure, but that’s rarely feasible from both a technical and financial perspective. Identifying reasonable recovery goals at the granular level of each application will enable a cost-effective level of DR. These should align with the SLA guarantees above, so that the business does not face complaints, bad PR, or even lawsuits after a disaster because contractual obligations cannot be fulfilled.

Is a Modular Data Center Right for You?

Modular data centers eliminate the many tasks associated with setting up data center infrastructure, from building out the space to provisioning cooling and power systems. Pre-loaded pods also minimize the headaches associated with planning, installing, configuring, and testing individual hardware components.

New Demand for the Modular Data Center

Most IT pros are familiar with colocation as an option for siting IT hardware in leased, off-site data center space. Like with data center pods, colocation makes it easy to expand capacity. Additionally, the advantage of having cooling, internet bandwidth, and physical security handled by the vendor is attractive. Sharing with hundreds or thousands of other clients can deliver cost-savings on internet and electricity, and the facility’s features—such as physical security, power system backups, and mirrored data centers for emergency failover—may exceed what the enterprise could provide in house.

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