5 Tips For Choosing a Disaster Recovery Site

July 23rd 2021




From stranded flights to the release of sensitive information from millions of user accounts, we’ve seen the disastrous results of cyber attacks and data system failures. They’re becoming more frequent, and a company’s ability to recover from these outage periods not only reflects on their preparedness for the future, but also their ability to navigate potential downtime and lost profits. So along with other aspects of disaster preparedness, your business needs to be prepared to recover its data by keeping it in a disaster recovery data centre. CanShield Solutions is a disaster recovery facility for IT infrastructure in British Columbia. Here are 5 tips for choosing a disaster recovery site.

What is a disaster recovery site?

First off, it’s important to understand what a disaster recovery site is and who needs one. Disaster recovery sites (DRS) are a third-part service/location – usually a data centre – that aims to give the end-user protection for their data, in the case of a disaster. DRS manage the back-end for data-systems and keep your workflows intact and your data secure. If something should happen to your data in your office or your main data centre, you would be able to pull a backup of it from your disaster recovery data centre.

Even the smallest of businesses can lease space from DRS providers. Your company doesn’t need to be a large corporation to benefit from a disaster recovery posture that includes one of these sites.

Connectivity

In the event of an outage, your disaster recovery site should be able to keep you up and running. At a minimum your disaster recovery infrastructure should be able to maintain homeostasis within your business functions by keeping your critical systems online and available as needed – like a website or backed up data.

Distance from Headquarters

When most people think of disasters, their mind goes to natural disasters in which Mother Nature severely impacts services. These are real concerns and seem to be the most common cause for outages including heat waves, storms, earth quakes. That being said, having your DRS next to your facility could result in your DRS and your headquarters being struck by the same disaster. Look for a DRS outside of your headquarters' geographic location so your organization is not struck by the same event.

When possible, look for a DRS that’s in a seismically stable location – safe from earthquake threats - precisely where CanShield’s British Columbia facility is located.

Uptime

Your disaster recovery site needs to be as resilient as they come and there are a few minimums you should look for when choosing a disaster recovery site with the potential for maximum uptime. Look for a disaster recovery site with redundant cooling and an uninterrupted power supply at a minimum. Data centres draw a lot of power, and generate a lot of heat. Ensuring the facility has redundancy in place will ensure your own business uptime.

Security

Disaster recovery sites are providing a service to promise you optimal up-time and to safeguard against downtime. This means they should be running a 24/7 operation because disaster events are unpredictable. Check to make sure the facility is being watched around the clock by experienced people who are ready to handle fires, temperature systems, and physical security risks.

Cost

Effective cost within a DRS can be measured based on a metric called PUE, which stands for power usage effectiveness. This ratio is an actual ratio, not a theoretical value or calculation, and is a reflection of the disaster recovery site’s ability to manage their energy usage over the course of the year. An effective value of PUE: 1 should mean that all energy coming into the facility should be used by the facility. Use the PUE: 1 as a benchmark for understanding if the DRS is cost effective as a whole. A disaster recovery site that isn’t cost effective will pass the difference onto their clients.

Peace of Mind

Disaster recovery is as much about preparedness as it is about peace of mind. You don’t need a disaster recovery site until you do, and knowing your systems are protected from outages not only protects your profits, but drives focus back into the business and away from what-ifs. CanShield Solutions Kamloops data centre is a redundant and fault-tolerant 10,500 square foot data center facility built on reinforced concrete blocks with steel cross braces. It is a purpose built data centre, located in a seismically stable location and heavily connected to fiber in BC. With 24/7 data centre support technicians, the Kamloops CanShield location is the epitome of disaster recovery site.

Reach out to CanShield Solutions today to learn more about their Colocation and Managed Infrastructure services.