Disaster planning has taken on increased significance for IT professionals over the last year. Businesses have been re-addressing previous plans and questioning existing contingency solutions against new perceived threats. At the top of the list is the maintenance of a remote fail-over facility to keep businesses up and running in the event the primary datacenter fails. The benefits of a remote datacenter are obvious and have been covered in great detail in other articles. What has not received as much attention is the manual process involved and the difficulty in keeping multiple physical environments closely synchronized. Replicating data is relatively straight-forward with a number of data replication solutions available on the market. Replicating the infrastructure around the datacenter, however, still relies on manual process from skilled IT staff.
Thursday, 22 November 2007 00:07