How resilient is your IT infrastructure? To reduce the chances of IT disruption, organizations are moving their IT infrastructures off premises to third-party data centers and cloud services providers. By moving their primary or backup systems off-premises, they can take advantage of the providers’ expertise in disaster preparedness and their investments in resilient IT infrastructure. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the options businesses have when moving off-premises, some of the benefits of those options, and how some businesses use a combination of a few of those options for the environments.

Off-premises: A more resilient place for your IT infrastructure

Aside from being located outside of an onsite data center, all of these options have the ability to utilize Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Backup as a Service (BaaS) for additional resiliency. Learn more about Disaster Recovery in the cloud.

Businesses have several options for moving their primary or backup IT infrastructure off-premises with a data center or cloud provider. The main options are:

Hosted private cloud

A hosted private cloud is somewhat like a colocation service for your private cloud, but with additional cloud management services. Unlike an on-site private cloud, a hosted private cloud resides off-premises at a third-party facility. That enables you to benefit from the provider’s investments in redundant power sources and network connectivity, as well as disaster-proof facility construction—something few businesses can afford to build for themselves. The private cloud provider may also handle cloud maintenance, software updates, security, support, monitoring, and facility management. This cloud option is also solely dedicated to your business. By not sharing resources with other tenants, your risk for disruption also decreases. Learn more about the benefits of the private cloud.

Multitenant or Public Cloud

A multitenant or public cloud is another option where your applications and data are managed in a provider’s shared cloud. With these cloud platforms hosted in provider data centers, you don’t need to worry about managing the hardware portion of the infrastructure – that’s the responsibility of the provider. Aside from resiliency benefits, these cloud platforms also offer easier scalability (when compared to other infrastructure options), ease of access to other services, like security or DRaaS, and the ability to monitor the performance in a centralized portal. With the multitenant cloud option, you can choose a provider closer to your customers, enabling lower latency and better network performance.

Colocation

Colocation facilities have been around for decades but have regained popularity as the demand for IT outsourcing and disaster recovery have risen. A colocation facility hosts customer servers and provides all building maintenance, equipment, security, and around-the-clock monitoring. Colocation providers typically have disaster-resistant facilities and 24-hour staff, along with redundant power sources, and network connections. Should one connection or power source fail, the facility will divert to a backup. Learn more about colocation and data centers.

To ensure your colocation partner has the IT infrastructure capable of withstanding disaster, check that it is certified in three key disaster-related standards: 

  • ISO 22301, an international standard for business continuity management for natural and man-made disasters and technology failures.
  • The Uptime Institute certification for Tier IV fault tolerant facility infrastructure or Tier III concurrently maintainable site infrastructure
  • Trusted Site Infrastructure (TSI) requirements for data center construction, fire-handling, security, cabling, energy, air, organization, and documentation.

Hybrid & multicloud IT infrastructures tend to use more than one off-premises option

According to a RightScale report, last year, 84% of businesses had a multicloud environment and 58% had a hybrid environment. This was up from the prior year and will continue to see growth throughout the next few years. This means that businesses are turning to a combination of colocation, public, private and multitenant clouds for their IT infrastructure, critical applications and data.

Also read: Avoid These Legacy Application Migration Pitfalls

What’s the best approach for your IT infrastructure?

You need to find the right provider to help you navigate the best options for your business. You might want to start with a cloud readiness assessment, so you can understand your needs and the best path forward for your business.

TierPoint has a variety of cloud services, colocation, and disaster recovery options to ensure that your data and IT infrastructure is protected in the event of natural disasters or man-made disruptions. With over 40 data centers across the country, we can offer locations that are conveniently near your offices or several states away to ensure regional resilience. Our clients have access to multiple cloud platforms and services to meet any off-premises and DR requirements.

Let’s talk about your disaster recovery strategy. Contact us to determine the best colocation, cloud, or disaster recovery solution for your needs.

Learn more about building a disaster recovery plan - read The Strategic Guide to Disaster Recovery and DRaaS

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