Learn About Benefits & Service Options to Find the Right Disaster Recovery Solution For You.

Secondary Site Disaster Recovery Overview

Disasters, both natural and man-made, can wreak havoc, preventing a business from maintaining even the most basic daily functions. Without a thorough business continuity plan, a business is at serious risk of suffering irreparable losses. An especially important aspect of business continuity is disaster recovery. In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, a business is simply not able to operate without quick recovery of critical IT systems and access to data. In fact, among businesses that suffered major losses of data, 43% never reopened and an additional 29% closed down within two years according to findings by the United States Congress.

For many years, disaster recovery operated using in-house resources or self-managed, off-site locations. However, these practices have fallen out of favor since the 2000s with the improvement of networking capabilities and the associated proliferation of secondary site disaster recovery-related product and service offerings.

Secondary Recovery Site Benefits

  • Cost-effectiveness:

    With lower upfront costs and reduced costs for maintenance and upgrades, disaster recovery is a significant boost to the bottom line.

  • Security:

    Disaster recovery providers generally offer a higher level of physical and logical security than can be achieved in-house. Additionally, secondary sites, especially those located some distance from the primary site, are unlikely to be affected by the natural or human-induced disasters and disturbances that affect the primary site.

Data Center Location

  • Availability of Options:

    Depending on your security needs, budget, and tolerance for time or data loss, there are a variety of product and service options now available for disaster recovery at a secondary site. For example:

    • Colocation – Use your own equipment at a secondary site. Some data centers, like OnRamp, also offer managed hosting services that can supplement your collocated equipment in the event of an emergency.
    • Managed Hosting – With managed equipment and services, you can depend on your secondary site’s team of experts to assist your disaster recovery quickly.
    • Cloud-based – With data recovery through the cloud and maintained by a crew of experts, recovery time can be measured in minutes or even seconds as a ‘warm’ machine is spun up and the data is propagated back to the primary site.
    • Compliant – Businesses that need to maintain compliance – for HIPAA, PCI, or other security regulations – have an additional layer of complexity to account for in disaster recovery planning. Compliant hosting options keep data available and meet regulatory standards.

Cost-effective, in-house disaster recovery that can match the speed and flexibility of secondary site disaster recovery can be very difficult to achieve. With OnRamp’s Full7Layer Support Team available to assist 24/7, our data centers can replicate not only your data but also the IT configuration that your primary site uses to ensure 100% uptime and availability.