With longer wildfire seasons burning through California, hurricanes slamming the Eastern Seaboard, and blizzards burying cities in the Midwest, it’s clear that climate change is affecting all of our lives. But what does it mean for our data storage infrastructure? With the largest data center markets directly in the path of natural disaster, it’s more important than ever that companies evaluate disaster recovery options such as Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to ensure they have a solid contingency plan in place.
In the Path of Disaster
No matter where we’re from, we are all experiencing some effect of climate change. The same also goes for some of the hottest data center markets (pun not intended). Take Washington DC and the Northern Virginia region for example. In the past 10 years, this area has been sideswiped by four deadly hurricanes and experienced harrowing winter storms, such as 2010’s ominous-sounding Snowmaggedon blizzard and the frigid temperatures of 2018’s Polar Vortex. However, at 175.5MW of net electricity absorption, the area is the most active data center market in the US.
On the West Coast, California experienced one of the deadliest and most destructive wildfire seasons ever recorded in 2018. Because of global warming, the wildfire season has expanded from 5 months in the 1970s to 7+ months today making wildfires more of a threat than ever. Yet California boasts 35.4MW net absorption between Silicon Valley and Southern California (the fourth and sixth most active data center markets, respectively).
Preparing Against a Data Disaster
Disasters have always happened though – whether natural disaster or human error. For this reason, most companies have a disaster recovery plan in place. Disaster recovery sites are put into place as geographically far away from the main datacenter as possible: whether that’s across the country or around the globe. That way, should the primary site be hit by catastrophe, the DR site is out of harms way. The necessary evil of having this DR plan has always been having the capital and in-house experience to build and maintain the disaster recovery infrastructure.
With public cloud storage, companies have been able to offload the burden of building and maintaining DR infrastructure to their cloud vendor. Yet many companies aren’t able to move all of their data to the cloud (or to one cloud vendor) and struggle to ensure resilient disaster recovery of their hybrid cloud storage.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
A Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering provides companies a fully managed and operated disaster recovery solution for either on- or off-prem – perfect for companies with on-premises or hybrid infrastructure. With cloud-like economics, companies can align the cost of disaster recovery with their storage capacity and application. This enables them to meet their DR needs… without a heavy investment in building the infrastructure and migrating information to it.
Kaminario’s fully managed DRaaS offering — including storage, networking, and compute — allows companies to choose from a handful of Tier 4 datacenters or leverage an existing remote site for disaster recovery. With consumption-based pricing, customers can ensure they aren’t paying for extra DR storage that they don’t need. For a single monthly price, Kaminario takes care of all your on-prem or off-prem disaster recovery needs. And with 24/7 support, customers have the peace of mind that their data is in safe hands.