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DR to the Office

December 7th, 2012
Dilbert DR Plan

Courtesy of Scott Adams

If you don’t mind entertaining me, go into your data centre please. In fact first of all, when you refer to your data centre, in your head does it have inverted comma’s around it in a sarcastic fashion? Is it a “data centre” (roll eyes)? Now head into your “data centre”, how does the cabling look? Is every server dual connected to power supplies? Do you have a room UPS and advanced environmental monitoring to identify hot spots? You do? Great, stop reading this article as it’s not for you…

If you have a “data centre” and you’d be relatively embarrassed if someone started asking you about redundant power & cooling or when the last time your generator was tested (you have a generator right?) or your last security audit and pen-test, then please read on. I say or, but really that’s and/or but I don’t want this to sound like a census.

At VMworld last year we heard how fantastic SRM 5 is and that it enables service providers to start offering DRaaS (don’t get me started on **aaS) and how businesses will rejoice at this offering. There’s one hole in this concept for me I’m afraid however. You’ll be paying a service provider to host your DR that you use perhaps twice a year. This will be hosted in a top data centre, with fully redundant power, environmentals, fully diverse network, fully monitored, secure, audited, and so on. That’s what hosting providers do, they light up data centres and they choose the best as it’s their business to be the best. And your primary hosting will be out of your “data centre”. I think by now you know where I’m going with this, so I won’t labour the point too much. “Data centre” (roll eyes).

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