Posted by Anna Nicholls on 24-Jun-2019 14:14:52

The benefits of built-in disaster recovery


Disaster recovery is critical to minimise the impact of unplanned downtime on your business. From security breaches and human errors, to cyber attacks and natural disasters, even a small amount of downtime brings jeopardy - derailing customer service, draining employee productivity and bringing your business to a grinding halt.

There are many steps you can take to minimise the disruption when the worst happens, from workplace recovery, to a robust data backup solution. But you can go a step further, and deploy replication failover recovery processes which keep your applications running and your data available, even during an outage.

Through an Active-Active architecture, such as our CloudActiv platform, you can eliminate the need for clunky failover mechanisms that switch from primary to backup - which can often take hours to execute - and transform your disaster recovery strategy through automatic failover.

The term Active-Active refers to the use of at least two data centres where both can service an application or data at any given time. Each environment functions as an active application site, allowing your online assets to be served from separate, synchronised hosting environments. It doesn’t rely on a single path or function. So if one environment goes down, another instantly takes over - automatically - and your resources remain up and running.

What this is giving you, is high availability, and built-in disaster recovery. It also provides a level of continuity for scheduled maintenance and outages too, such as updates and patches.

Peace of mind is par for the course here, knowing that if (or when!) the worst happens, it’s business as usual as far as your end users and customers are concerned. But if you can source a data centre provider that offers Active-Active as standard, it also takes away that burden of having to create a robust data disaster recovery platform yourself, and the additional costs this brings. Building, testing and maintaining a secondary site brings complex and time consuming overheads - resources that could be better spent elsewhere.

Long-term cost saving is another benefit of built-in disaster recovery. Not only do you save on the initial set-up costs of a dual-site infrastructure, you’re also avoiding the costs of the lost revenues associated with downtime, and lasting reputational damage - because in effect, you’re eliminating the risk of downtime.

At TeleData, we’re offering our Active-Active platform to customers as standard, with no additional fees for the increased levels of resilience, for an even greater cost efficiency. If you’d like to find out more about CloudActiv, click here or get in touch to talk about how Active-Active cloud hosting could benefit your business.


Topics: disaster recovery, resilience, cloud server hosting

Written by Anna Nicholls