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February 4, 2014

Affordable Disaster Recovery is key for smaller businesses

ServerHouse is set to offer disaster recovery for free as part of its colocation service.

By Kate Heslop

ServerHouse, a Fareham based colocation provider, has announced that it will offer a free disaster recovery (DR) service as part of its colocation offering.

The company is now offering entry level DR to both existing and new clients as part of their new service with all colocation packages, allowing businesses of all sizes to have access to DR.

Within this new service every ServerHouse customer will have the option of installing a backup device of their choice into ServerHouse’s DR centre.

VP of research at Gartner, Rakesh Kumar, believes that users are moving to more cost efficient DR solutions, putting savings over potential failures, so this free solution will be more appealing. "DR is going through some changes – a lot of users are moving from a gold standard to a more cost efficient model where they know there may be a slightly increased failure but they are able to save substantial costs."

ServerHouse, who have existing measures in place to protect against fire and flood, host their DR centres almost 1000ft from their primary site to ensure data is safe and protected at all times. Their data centre complex means customers can have a primary and secondary data centre in close proximity with no common power or network elements and dark fibre interconnects greatly reducing costs with little compromise on functionality.

Gary Coates, manager at ServerHouse recognises that smaller companies may not have the budget for DR solutions: "We normally find that smaller companies we work with do not have a DR solution in place, and they don’t have the budget to hold their data in a second backup data centre. For this reason, we decided to launch DR storage with all our racks whereby customers can locate a backup server in another data centre providing them with offsite backup."

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