How To Create A Disaster Recovery Plan: Secure Hosting And More

Posted by in Dedicated | September 17, 2012

Many companies today rely on their IT resources in order to execute their business plan. In fact, some companies are solely internet based and they live and die based on the availability of their internet services. Even for companies with only a moderate investment in IT resources, any loss of data or application accessibility can be harmful to the bottom line.

For this reason, every business should implement a disaster recovery plan to safeguard their IT resources and data. The most effective methods for making IT infrastructure disaster proof are redundancy along with offshore servers and secure hosting.

An Offshore Server Is An Integral Part Of A Disaster Recovery Plan

Disasters come in all sizes. They can be as localized as losing power or internet connectivity in a single office, or an entire region can be affected by a hurricane or major storm. When a disaster like this occurs, the home office may be damaged or destroyed, but an offshore server remains unaffected and continues to run mission critical business functions. Unfortunately, many businesses hit by a natural disaster never recover or end up going bankrupt shortly after recovery. This is where an offshore server could have meant no loss in business continuity.

Our offshore servers are designed to provide dedicated service in the face of any situation that might endanger your company and its resources. In addition to being physically located in the Caribbean, Secure Host prepares for a number of contingencies for its offshore servers. Power grid management, backup power supplies, and our controlled facilities are able to handle the worst nature can muster. Any company can have the reliability of an offshore server housed in a facility designed to handle any contingency.

Using Colocation In Your Company’s Disaster Recovery Plan

Colocation services are contracted when a company wants to use their own hardware, software, and operating system but rents out rack space in a secure hosting facility. In this case, a company has total control over their IT resources but gains the added benefit of an offshore server when it comes to disaster recovery. While colocation is typically employed in order for a company to contract out rack space, it is also an ideal solution for disaster recovery. Without sacrificing any control over IT resources, a company enjoys an offshore server that runs even if the home office is subject to a disaster.

Secure Hosting To Prevent Man Made Disasters

Disaster recovery plans also include man made problems and not just forces of nature. Malicious users can crash a website or hack into a customer information database with the end result being the same: a loss of service. Secure hosting with our company is designed to protect against these threats.

Security in the digital age is a high priority. The costs of identity theft and cyber vandalism can really damage a business. Secure hosting provides the latest in system security and procedures to keep malicious users from damaging or stealing information. Managed services include monitoring and upgrading to avoid security vulnerabilities and respond to threats at the first sign of danger. A proactive stance on security is what makes secure hosting invaluable to a comprehensive disaster recovery plan. Preventing data theft also limits legal liabilities should sensitive data be compromised.

Redundancy Is The Key To Recovery

So what if your company already has its own data center staffed with professional IT technicians and a secure facility that can handle any emergency situation? Even the most secure setup is not immune to failure. Utilizing an offshore server as a backup is the ultimate contingency plan. Worst case scenario, your company has a backup offshore server ready to go whether your in house infrastructure is down for just an hour, a day, or indefinitely.

Offshore servers with secure hosting work just as well whether they are a company’s primary IT setup or used as a backup. In both cases, an offshore server is safe from the disasters that might befall a company.

All of these options form the foundation of a comprehensive disaster recovery program. An offshore server can be used in a variety of configurations to handle a wide range of contingencies. In the end, business continuity is essential.

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