Data Center Recovery Strategy

Data Center Recovery Strategy

Data Center Recovery Strategy driven by cost – risk considerations

Creating a Data Center Recovery Strategy – When considering the impact of the loss of a data center many factors need to be considered.  This includes recovery time, risk, on-going cost, and management to consider a few.

The options to consider are:

  • Hot site a site that has all data, applications and communications links in place and operations – Public (least expensive) or dedicated (most expensive)
  • Warm site just data has to be updated
  • Mobile site – move in trailers that can be shipped via surface or air transportation
  • Cold Site which typically is an empty facility with basic power, communication and office space that typically is not populated
  • Reciprocal agreement with another  “division” of the same company or a “local” company that has similar equipment
  • Cloud – Public or private for data and or applications

The table below is a summation extracted from Janco’s Disaster Recovery Business Continuity Template which lists the advantages and disadvantages of each option for a data center recovery strategy.

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Author: Victor Janulaitis

M. Victor Janulaitis is the CEO of Janco Associates. He has taught at the USC Graduate School of Business, been a guest lecturer at the UCLA's Anderson School of Business, a Graduate School at Harvard University, and several other universities in various programs.