Flexible IT and the “Performance Hub” through Dispersion and Decentralized Enablement

 

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Equinix Global Solution Architect Rick Galietta recently authored a white paper highlighting a new trend in IT architecture that can significantly enhance business continuity and recovery services.

This new Flexible IT design trend takes into consideration the physical location and network density within neutral data centers when engaging in business continuity planning. The central idea is that companies should create geographically distributed computing services (Performance Hub’s) that are strategically located, accessible from anywhere-regardless of where the computing workload actually resides-to meet users’ performance expectations. Galietta calls this “Flexible IT through Dispersion and Decentralized Enablement, – Operationalized Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery” and says it has caught on quicker than any other IT shift, going back to the mainframe.

Driven by the need to manage and minimize risk, companies are focused now more than ever on keeping their operations running. “Because of the increased risk represented by the loss of these assets, companies must develop, architect, and implement low risk, cost effective, timely access to critical business functions, real time applications and capabilities,” writes Galietta. Central to that mandate is a well-crafted business continuity and disaster recovery strategy that ensures the safety, availability, performance of critical corporate data and Operationalizing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.

Business continuity and disaster recovery aren’t new concepts. Remote back-up data centers became popular towards the end of the last century, and running nightly tape backups that were shipped away to offsite vaults served its purpose for a while. But this model couldn’t deliver when users needed fast access to critical data that was only available on those tapes. As the pace of business quickened, companies began to feel the pressing need for timely access to corporate information more acutely.

To deal with this issue, businesses need, “Operationalized” flexible IT computing environments that can kick in to provide service as soon as an outage is detected at another data center. With accelerated adoption of virtualization and cloud computing, these game changing mainstream technologies now exist to provide business continuity and disaster recovery services on demand. Companies can cost-efficiently architect and implement their own on-demand backup data centers by locating computing infrastructure in strategic regional Performance Hub locations in neutral colocation data centers to serve the users within their respective geographies. Companies can take advantage of this geographic dispersion and decentralization through strategically positioned Performance Hubs not only to improve service reliability, speed service delivery to end-users, but to enable a consistent Headquarters experience across the entire Enterprise.

Key to implementing this dispersed, decentralized Performance Hub approach is data center colocation. Many companies provide colocation services, but as with any field experiencing rapid growth with big demand, the service providers available today vary in their degrees of depth, experience, expertise and capabilities. Galietta offers several criteria to help customers select neutral colocation service providers.

Look for Galietta’s white paper coming in the next few weeks to find out how Performance Hubs through Dispersion and Decentralized Enablement can help take your Enterprise IT architecture to the next level of Flexible IT by Operationalizing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.