Storage service providers (SSPs) and computer storage manufacturers utilize the term, data availability, to describe services and products designed to ensure that data remains available in normal and disastrous situations. Additionally, the data will be available at the required level of performance. Data availability is typically achieved via redundancy.
The modern business landscape is compromised of customers who expect immediate turn-around times and instant answers. Regardless of system interruptions and remote locations, business owners must deliver! Below is a quick look at how you can enhance data availability, and how you can better deliver on your promises to customers.
Utilize Virtualization Solutions
Virtualization can help improve data center performance in profound ways. For example, physical servers can generate heat. A host of issues can surface if there is a lack of heat control and dissipation. Today, one does not require a lot of physical hardware. Consider virtualizing your data center servers and less heat will be generated. When this happens, you can avoid issues such as sudden data loss. That’s not all. It is also easier to take snapshots and perform backups of one’s virtual machines. If something goes wrong, images from those snapshots can be redeployed, effectively reducing downtime. Your end users will hardly notice there was a service interruption.
Hire a Managed Services Team that Offers Proactive Monitoring Services
Today, proactive monitoring is required for critical components such as operational data, storage, infrastructure, servers, and network applications. Without it, a minor problem can quickly evolve into a major failure where loss of data occurs. Remember, disasters can be avoided. It will require a team that can proactively monitor your servers, ensuring that they are accessible and protected at all times.
Have a Proper Disaster Recovery Plan in Place
Disasters do not have to be acts of Mother Nature. A localized power outage is enough to limit one’s access to critical company data. For some companies, every second of downtime may cost them hundreds or even thousands of dollars. That’s why you should start exploring disaster recovery solutions for your data center servers. Today’s options include colocation and cloud computing. They can help maintain or improve data availability.
Minimize and Eliminate Single Points of Failure
Also known as SPOF, a single point of failure refers to a potential risk. It may be a flaw that’s found in the configuration, implementation, or design of an IT system. The flaw may also cause the entire IT system to stop working properly.
In data centers, single points of failure can compromise the availability of data and various workloads. The severity of the failure often depends on the interdependencies and location involved in the failure. It is imperative that every part of your IT infrastructure is continually reinforced and backed up. Review the IT system’s architecture and explore managed service solutions such as clustering, load balancing, redundancy, and virtualization.
One of the traits of a successful company is having the ability to ensure uninterrupted access to data. At ANEXIO, we offer leading data center solutions. Our team of data center technicians is trained to ensure data availability 24/7/365.