Shelton, CT (PRWEB) April 29, 2013
The National Hurricane Center is predicting an above-average number of Atlantic storms in 2013 that will hit the U.S. East Coast. In fact, they predict that the chances of an East Coast hurricane hitting are 70% greater than was predicted last year.
During and after Hurricane Sandy, tens of thousands of internet sites worldwide were unavailable due to power outages. Many data centers were affected by the loss of power or by significant flooding. Some businesses saw their data centers washed out completely by seawater, losing everything physical and digital, while some were lucky enough to return to normal operation when power was restored. It is events like these that motivate businesses to make the move towards a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery plan which includes contracting for offsite data center services.
“We’ve seen a steady increase in inquires about our BC/DR (business continuity/disaster recovery) solutions in the months since Superstorm Sandy. Some of these inquires are now turning into discussions about moving the entire IT operation to our facilities,” says Zack Margolis, VP of Sales and Marketing at Cervalis, one of the East Coast’s premier data center providers.
Among the benefits of using an offsite data center are that companies are not required to purchase and maintain expensive equipment, or train onsite staff on applications and operations in order to protect their data. Data center’s managed services specialize in these areas and implement plans on the customer’s behalf.
When the power goes out, data centers have redundant power back up relying on multiple generators to keep the IT infrastructure running during a major storm or event. They have processes in place to handle any potential situations or events and they communicate constantly to customers, informing them of the status of the data center where their equipment is being housed.
When companies physical locations have been compromised, some data centers like Cervalis offer “work area recovery seats.” Actual computer workstations located at or near the data center where employees can temporarily set up shop to access their servers and applications.
“We are constructing a brand new state of the art data center in Norwalk, CT which will offer easy access to recovery seats for businesses located in and around New York City, which is drawing a great deal of interest,” said Margolis.
The ever increasing reliance on IT services to keep businesses running under any and all conditions is driving companies to rethink how and where they should implement their IT infrastructure. Annual demand for outsourced data center services are expected to grow in the double digits percentage wise.
Cervalis is a premier provider of IT infrastructure solutions including business continuity / rapid recovery, managed hosting, enterprise cloud computing, managed security, managed storage and colocation. The company’s skilled professionals, world-class facilities and outstanding customer support provide our clients with a secure IT environment that ensures business resilience. Cervalis’ state-of-the-art operations centers total more than 300,000 square feet of space. The company has completed annual SSAE 16 audits and achieved PCI DSS and Safe Harbor Certifications. For more information about Cervalis and its data centers, please visit http://www.cervalis.com
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