Why Colocation is a Must for Business Continuity

Natural disasters cost countries tens of billions of dollars each year, according to the Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report (PDF). The UN goes further, estimating economic losses since 2000 at $2.5 trillion. Fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, avalanches and other disasters can damage your business premises and your network. It takes time and money to recover; some businesses never do.

Colocation and Disaster Recovery

These days, businesses have to handle more data than ever. Any network must handle everything from voice traffic to the terabytes of data generated by using cloud applications and platforms, running analytics (sometimes in real-time) and tracking and analyzing everything that happens on websites and social media profiles. Since you can’t afford to be without this data, a robust network solution is key. To guard against disaster, that solution must include colocation.

Colocation – storing your data in an external data center either at a separate location within your own grounds or, even better, somewhere far removed – is one of the best ways to protect your business against data loss caused by disaster. To make it really useful, you need to have backup procedures in place so that there is a constant, seamless transfer of network data to your secondary location. It’s always worth testing your setup to make sure it works as expected. You don’t want to get any nasty surprises when disaster strikes.

Network Colocation: Tips and Benefits

Colocation has other benefits for your network. It helps you increase network capacity without having to own extra storage and keeps costs down as you only pay for what you need. And the use of shared facilities also lets your business benefit from economies of scale.
If you’re going to protect your network from disaster with a colocation facility, here are some tips:

  • Choose a facility with the latest network technology, and always on power supply and a good track record.
  • Ask about the security of the facility, to make sure unauthorized access is virtually impossible.
  • Look out for services that allow you the maximum amount of customization so that you can use the space you need and get the features you want without paying any overheads.

Finally, check with your network provider to see which data center they recommend as a good fit for your business. Then your business will be ready in case of disaster.

Contact Lumos to ask about data center facilities for your custom network.

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