A fire, flood, earthquake or even a simple power outage can wreak havoc on a business if its servers are damaged and data is unrecoverable. Because of that, businesses often invest in recovery hardware that migrates the work load from a primary server to one that's less sophisticated. But, not only is that oftentimes a waste of money if nothing happens, it's not terrible effective.
That's where unified communications (UC) comes in handy. Through remotely hosted services like voice over IP and cloud computing, businesses can essentially combine all of their telecommunication and data storage platforms into one service handled by a single provider. The hosted IP-based technology is typically offered in a pay-as-you-go plan, which makes upgrading telephony and database management a viable option for companies, especially ones that only operate seasonally, that would have been able to afford a similar technological improvement.
A lot of businesses have already integrated their legacy systems with new IT solutions, and if that's the case, they can simply take advantage of a hosted data storage and backup by adding it to the same remote server that they are already using.
Fully switching over to a hosted server may not be best though. Rather, integrating both a legacy system with a remote server could make for a more realistic option.
"We can recover at our remote site much, much faster by just being able to fire up the system images of the virtual machines," Justin Bell, systems administrator at Strand Associates, an engineering firm in Madison, Wisconsin, told ComputerWorld.
Bell added that the remote server doesn't even necessarily need to be as robust as the primary one to work, because Strand could operate using limited capacity until the primary site is up to speed.
There are many different disaster recovery options available, so businesses should be sure to take advantage of leading technology consulting firm Subsidium Technologies for guidance in planning, integration and training of their new systems