The term “disaster recovery” assumes that it’s only something you can do after the fact. But what if you could prepare your infrastructure for disaster ahead of time to reduce downtime?
Tornadoes and foods hitting the Midwest, mudslides and wildfres on the West Coast, hurricanes ravaging the Gulf Coast, and blizzards blanketing the Northeast are just a few of the natural disasters that can be incredibly frightening and damaging due to their unpredictable nature. They can hit anytime and anywhere.
And it’s not just the U.S. that is affected. Between 2000-2009, the number of worldwide catastrophic events doubled from the previous decade. Since 2010, more than 700 natural disasters have been recorded. While we can hope they slow down, the predicted numbers say otherwise. During hurricane season, Florida and other gulf states prepare themselves for heavy rains, winds, and power outages. The rest of the East Coast tends to get residual affects from these storms, but they often die down by the time they go up the coast. However, in October 2012, Hurricane Sandy started in the Caribbean and barreled
directly toward New York City, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record.
New York is a major hub for large brands and their data centers. After Sandy hit, many New York offces were
fooded, and major websites like the Huffngton Post, BuzzFeed and Gawker had uptime issues. Some companies
were more prepared for disaster than others; BuzzFeed was able to bounce back quite quickly due to having a redundant, off-site data center and caching their content with a CDN. Other companies went into recovery mode to try to get their sites back online.
In this white paper, learn 5 steps you can take to ready your architecture to better weather the inevitable storm on the horizon. For example:
- Data center preparedness.
- Use an intelligent load balancer for built-in failover.
- Keep a short TTL for when quick DNS updates are needed.
Discover the last 2 by clicking inside.