(The Hosting News) – For businesses, it’s imperative to ensure the highest availability of data and uptime for both customers and employees. With the threats of unplanned outages such as natural disasters, human error, and malicious activities, many IT departments have some form of procedures in place to help mitigate any risks and downtime. The never-ending conundrum in today’s IT world is whether you are protecting yourself enough and implementing all possible scenarios of business continuity. One way to help increase continuity is implementing a secondary site to your primary data center.
Let’s be clear about secondary sites first, implementing a secondary site doesn’t mean that you are completely covered and preventing all types of failure. There are multiple “levels” in which you can build your secondary site. The level you choose will correspond to the amount of redundancy and availability that is needed in your specific environment. As with most things, the more redundancy and availability you need, usually means more costs are involved. However, when comparing business continuity costs versus the costs of losing customer data and experiencing downtime, (Ponemon Institute estimates it at $7,900 per minute) the investment is solid choice.