In this tutorial on colocation data centers, learn whether or not a collocation data center is the right choice for your company, what to look for in a colocation service, and other data center disaster recovery planning tips.
A big part of disaster recovery, then, is copying the bits and storing them somewhere else other than the main data center. But where should one squirrel that second data center where it will be both safe and readily accessible? In other words, how far away is far enough? It is, by all accounts, a tricky question.
Getting money for a data center disaster recovery plan is difficult enough; when the economy goes soft, it gets harder.
Generally, when someone hears the term “disaster recovery,” the vision in their minds is one of a smoking hole in the ground where the data center used to be. While certainly a valid concern and image, these types of disasters do not occur very often. Thus, their importance in the mind of the data center manager should be tempered by thoughts of the more likely disaster scenarios that can occur.
Symantec Corporation recently released the findings of its 2008 State of the Data Center report. The second annual study found that data center managers are caught between two conflicting goals – more demanding user expectations and higher levels of performance, yet reducing costs remain the primary objective for the data center.
Kenneth G. Brill, founder and CTO of Upsite Technologies, a developer of energy-efficient, high-availability solutions designed to optimize a data center’s critical physical infrastructure, received the Outstanding Contribution to Industry tribute at the Datacentre Leaders’ Awards held by Datacenter Dynamics in London, England last December.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been working together on the subject of data center energy efficiency. The two agencies held a workshop in July 2008 to address the issue.
In October, 2008, the DOE and EPA released a report entitled “Energy Efficiency in Data Centers: Recommendations for Government-Industry Coordination” that details the discussions and recommendations covered during the workshop.
The workshop convened representatives from industry, utilities, associations, and non-government organizations (NGOs) to identify the next steps for public and private collaboration toward advancing improved energy efficiency in data centers.
The report provides recommendations for key areas of collaboration between government and industry, along with detailed descriptions of interactive sessions in which participants identified gaps and opportunities related to defining, advancing, and rewarding energy efficient data centers. It includes point papers presented by workshop speakers that detail current trends in data center energy efficiency.
To obtain a free download of the report, please click here.
Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy
by Preston de Guise
The success of information backup systems does not rest on IT administrators alone. Rather, a well-designed backup system comes about only when several key factors coalesce—business involvement, IT acceptance, best practice designs, enterprise software, and reliable hardware. Published in October, 2008 Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy provides organizations with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and features involved in effective enterprise backups.
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As is true in most areas of IT some things are new and some things remain the same. This is certainly true of disaster recovery/business continuity. We simply cannot move ahead with new recovery strategies if any lingering problems remain. What this post suggests is that there is a logical progression when dealing with data center backup and recovery. The key is to make sure that the proper steps are followed.
Could this happen to your organization?
Recently, the Department of Information Resources (DIR) for the State of Texas fined IBM $900,000 for failure to complete timely backups as required by its $800 million dollar contract with the State. The fine was prompted by what has been called a server malfunction in the Texas Attorney General’s office that destroyed nearly half of eight months’ worth of documents.
Reports have now surfaced noting that in the months prior to the incident ten other agencies complained about network breakdowns and server backup problems with IBM. As a result, Texas Governor Rick Perry has suspended IBM’s contract to assess the cause and receive a full review and explanation from IBM.
Never assume that your data backup program is going to work when you need it – test, test, TEST!
So, who says disaster recovery can’t be fun?
Blowing up a data center may be a bit extreme, but it sure is a dramatic way to test data center fail-over and resilience.