The word “redundancy” usually has a negative connotation. The old joke, “The department of redundancy department” refers to something being repeated unnecessarily and even to the point of being annoying. One important area in which redundancy is encouraged and useful is in the field of information technology. Does your infrastructure redundancy plan ensure your business’ continuity and security?
Redundancy and reliability are the key components of a high-availability data center. The goal is a system or component that runs continuously for a long time with an uninterrupted source of power. Your data center is the heart of your business. Keeping your business online will keep you profitable.
Areas of Redundancy
Planned redundancy is found in the main areas across a company’s infrastructure. These areas include:
- Storage – In computers’ main memory, data that exists that is additional to the actual data allowing for correction of errors in stored or transmitted data
- Network design – Ensures network availability in case of a network device or path failure or unavailability
- Data – Creation of the same piece of data in two separate places
- Cloud computing – Supplies duplicate copies of data, equipment, system, etc. to be used in case part of a company’s cloud computing system fails or is not accessible
Is More Redundancy Better?
As you can see from the examples above, there are numerous considerations across a company’s technology infrastructure for ensuring business continuity in the event of a failure at any point within the system. Is 100% redundancy necessary? This plan can be costly and is a case where more may not be better. Companies can overspend on redundancy plans and end up with more than they need. This, in turn, leads to the technology system becoming more complex and difficult to manage.
Building Your Redundancy Plan
Your company’s data manager is in a key position to determine the appropriate level of redundancy for your operations. What are your expectations of the performance of your data center? Use these expectations to determine how redundant your design should be. A helpful list of factors for you to use in creating this plan include:
- Your company’s risk of failure and the associated cost
- Ask “how much is too much?” to determine optimal level. Baseline is traditional hardware redundancy with an additional network and power connections
- Create redundancy on different levels – component, assembly, room and building failures
Need a Helpful Hand?
If you’re not sure if your technology redundancy and reliability plan is too much, too little or just right, reach out to the team at Management Concepts. We can help you review your systems and see where any vulnerability may be. Your goal is to keep your business running without interruption and Management Concepts can help build a plan to ensure business continuity. Think about what would happen if some part of your system failed and interrupted operations. You may experience lost revenue, lost customers, decreased productivity, equipment failure and even a dent in the brand loyalty of your customers. Your customers rely on you. You can rely on Management Concepts to help you help your customers.