The New Vendor Crashed Your Data Center - What Now?
What’s your plan for the day you lose access to all of your data? If the question stops you short and you figure you’ll get around to putting a plan together some day, you’re too much at risk to even spend time finishing this article. In a world where you have access to cloud IT, it doesn’t make sense to leave it for tomorrow and assume you won’t run into problems today.
You may be able to go years without problems. The weather in your area never gets violent; the backup process you’ve used for years still works just fine; and the network doesn’t ever go down. In terms of technology business operations, you’re in paradise. But what if your threat is not from the normal channels, but one that you never saw coming?
A recent Network World piece highlighted just such a case. Drew Como, senior manager of global data center platform services at Take-Two Interactive Software, recounted how his company trusted the assurances of a software vendor, promising the speed and ease of an upgrade. They agreed to the upgrade and the process was so quick and easy it knocked out an entire database.
For Take-Two, they had a reliable storage and disaster recovery product in place that got them back online in less than 15 minutes. As a publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment for consumers and gamers, a lack of availability can be crushing. Had the company not had the right solution in place, it could have knocked the business out of consideration from a competitive advantage perspective. It was a potential loss they couldn’t afford to take and put a solution in place to assure they didn’t have to.
At St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, network engineer Shawn Umansky relies on a cloud storage solution from Nasuni to handle the extreme data growth the school has recently experienced. As managing data growth is not Umansky’s team’s primary job, he needed a trusted partner so they could focus on supporting faculty, employees and students. With highly data-intensive projects that required additional storage capacity, it became expensive to scale up, requiring a partner to step in.
Both examples demonstrate how important it is to prioritize storage and disaster recovery plans and products. It’s not enough to write a plan. Examine workflows, behaviors, data needs and growth expectations. Can you handle the storage and backup on your own or do you need cloud IT solutions to help position your company for success when the expected happens – and it will.
Intermedia offers SecuriSync for the optimal storage and backup solution your company needs to stay ahead of the game. Plus – it’s designed to be easy for admins to use. If you’re ready to be proactive about your business and your data, it’s time to put a proven solution in place.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson