Life is unpredictable. As the past two years have shown, you really can’t predict what the future will hold and how that will affect your data storage. You rely on your equipment to keep your computer systems up and running, no matter what. However, to do that effectively, it’s critical to build redundancy into your system.
What is Redundancy?
Redundancy is the idea of always having a backup ready to go. In the case of a power outage, you have a generator to power emergency lighting, for example. In your data center, redundancy means duplicating one or more of your components so your IT equipment and your data are not vulnerable in the event of an outage.
In the world of data center security, there are multiple types of redundancy that can be built in to ensure the lowest amount of downtime possible in the event of an outage.
Building in power redundancy to your data center is the same as having a generator for your house or business. It provides a backup power source that can ensure your data center operations are not impacted by power outages in your area.
Data center equipment creates a lot of heat, which can be a problem when those same machines stop working if the environment becomes too hot. As a data center operator, you know the importance of keeping your server rooms cool, but what happens if something prevents your environmental controls from working?
Whether it’s a power outage, equipment failure, or something unforeseen, having redundancy built into your cooling system ensures that your equipment is less likely to overheat in the event of an emergency.
The nightmare scenario for any data center is a security breach. Your customers and employees rely on you to keep their information safe and secure. Current industry best practices include redundant security systems to ensure that, should one level of security fail, there’s another there to keep bad actors from accessing sensitive information.
There are many other kinds of redundancies that can and should be built into data centers. Most take a “two (or more) of everything” approach in their design and construction. Multiple telecom connections, multiple HVAC systems, and even multiple building entrances are important in data centers because, no matter what, there will be another way to access the servers and information stored if something should fail.
What Redundancy Means for Data Center Customers
Primarily, the beauty of using a colocated data center rather than storing your data on your own company premises is that you don’t have to worry about putting all of these safeguards in place on your own dime – not to mention maintaining them. Colocated data centers exist so that all you have to think about is the actual information you’re storing. Everything else can be handled by the experts.
This is YOUR data. Your customers and employees are relying on you to keep it safe and accessible to them, no matter what. They don’t care if the HVAC breaks, shutting down the servers. They just want to be able to access their information when they need it.
Understanding the redundancies that need to be in place to guarantee the most uptime possible allows you to ask the right questions when you’re shopping for a data center to contract with.
With more available power than all other data centers in Oklahoma combined, RACK59’s data center redundancy is configured such that every piece of equipment has a backup so that no issue with one single piece of equipment can affect our customer’s equipment.
Our customers rely on us for data center colocation and require rock-solid assurances that natural and man-made disasters that can waylay their operations will be no match for RACK59. Redundancy goes hand in hand with reliability where mission-critical operations are at stake.
At RACK59, we provide our clients with facility infrastructure redundancy based on availability control, advanced data collection, advanced analytics, critical alarm response and effective integrations of all systems.