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Data center replication fuels disaster recovery purchasing

Source:  TechTarget
Designer: Christopher Seero

IT teams pursue the highest possible uptime for workloads. When outages happen, the quality of a disaster recovery system determines how much downtime -- or how little -- workloads incur.

A majority (57%) of disaster recovery purchasing teams want remote copy or data replication for their data centers, shows the TechTarget Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity survey. Remote replication makes copies of data at a site removed from the production data center, in the event that an outage, such as a power failure, knocks out all the local servers and storage.

Remote copies may reside in an owned data center, colocation facility with the organization's owned equipment, or in a cold storage facility such as a tape storage bunker. Another option is cloud backup, where data is copied onto hosted storage.

Hyper-converged infrastructure boxes ease remote replication for some IT shops. Especially for a small business, data deduplication and compression features in hyper-converged infrastructure makes backup and restore both cutting edge and less complicated, said Matt Huff, IT director at accounting firm Tanner Co. Tanner installed a SimpliVity OmniCube offsite at a colocation facility for remote data center replication, giving the company warm disaster recovery that Huff calls "frugal on network bandwidth."

Read about the contrast between disaster recovery goals and spending, as well as tips for better disaster recovery purchasing decisions in the infographic.  Next up: Learn what other data centers are doing with Ethernet SANs.

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