For companies spread across multiple locations, especially across continents like Europe, Asia, and North America, having a disaster recovery site for your critical applications isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity. But finding the right site is challenging, because it often must meet multiple requirements.
Consider for a moment some of the challenges that you probably face:
- Compliance with SSAE 16 (formally SAS 70 – level II);
- Compliance with specific industry regulations such as: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, for health insurance companies), Payment Card Industry (PCI), and Data Security Standard (DSS);
- Ability to accommodate multiple ISP and telecom providers;
- Delivery on redundancy and latency requirements;
- Need for heightened security;
- Compliance with several European (or other international); and
- Ability to prevent and neutralize minimal threats.
If you’re faced with these challenges what can you do? For many companies, the solution is a one-stop repository known as a data center. According to PC Magazine, a data center “is constructed to run as economically as possible – all computer, electrical and lighting systems, as well as the building materials, must be rated for maximum efficiency.”
By co-locating and hosting your technology operations at a data center, you can achieve:
- A secure data center space, including a secure facility;
- Compliance and certifications;
- High availability through full redundancy;
- Cooling systems, electrical systems, fire suppression and environmental controls;
- Security and access control;
- Internet and electrical Services;
- Managed services; and
- Scalability and extensibility.
Plus, when you use a data center for all your critical applications, you’ll reap the benefits of improved quality, reduction in the total cost of ownership, and you’ll give your company a competitive advantage over others.
About the author: Brian Cauble is Director of Sales & Marketing at Tech Vault, – Vermont’s first commercial, LEED certified, managed data center & co-location facility that works with AT&T, Comcast Metro-E, Fairpoint, FirstLight, Level 3 and Sovernet. As a SSAE 16 Type 2 data center, Tech Vault is also HIPAA and PCI/DSS compliant. Brian can be contacted at email@example.com