By Kyle Christopher 

Don’t be an idiot when it comes to designing your Disaster Recovery (DR) site. We’ve talked a lot about the importance of DR in past blogs and rightly so. A lot of folks are not covered in the event of disaster. We’ve also talked about a few ways to make it easy for you to get it in place.

Today we talk about smart infrastructure design at your DR site.

There are a lot of obstacles to keep in mind when moving your DR infrastructure offsite, including cost, bandwidth constraints, and complexity, not to mention the extra engineering and manpower you might need to get the job done. For starters, you might consider sending only deduplicated and compressed data across the network. Deduplication storage systems require only a fraction of the bandwidth, time, manpower and finances compared to traditional replication methods.

There are several options out there if you’re considering such a solution.

Here are a few ways you’ll benefit from smarter design at your DR site.

1. Comprehensive Coverage

Sound a lot like insurance? It’s like insurance in many ways. The right DR site can help you leverage comprehensive backups for all your mission-critical apps and data.

2. Efficiency 

Smart DR can help you gain incredible efficiency with much faster DR that is a lot more cost-efficient as well.

3. Flexibility and Scalability

Storage environments may grow or shrink over time. You need to be able to flex to meet specific service-level agreements (SLAs) or requirements as your storage needs change.

4. Simplicity

Still messing around with tape drives? Why? Granted, some of you out there just enjoy suffering. But we’re not talking about you. The majority of the IT world wants simplicity and efficiency. That’s why we talk about backup to disk so much. It’s so easy to get in place and a simple phone call could have you a better solution by the end of the week. Think it over.