Data centres

How to Avoid Hardware/ Software Drift

I’ve been writing about the hidden hazards of do-it-yourself disaster recovery. One of these hazards is hardware/software drift. Since your disaster recovery site represents a working replica of the production environment, it will need to be maintained on an ongoing basis. There are several strategies for how hardware and software are provisioned for your DR site. The strategies you choose will determine the how much maintenance will be needed to keep your DR site running at an optimal level.

There are two main techniques for acquiring hardware for a disaster recovery site, although you may want to use a combination of both. One technique is to replace hardware (i.e. a server) that is no longer covered by warranty with new hardware and use the old hardware for disaster recovery. Another strategy is to buy or lease new equipment to use at the DR site.

On the back of our success in the US market, nScaled formally launched its European operations earlier this year.

Like any new entrant to a market, spending time speaking to leading figures in the industry and gaining valuable feedback, is a critical part of the strategy. What has quickly become evident through these conversations is that thinking has moved on and organisations are realising that the benefits from owning and managing their own datacentres is diminishing.

A few years ago, the phrase, “we want to be out of the data centre management business” is not one which would have readily been associated with law firm IT directors. Now it is. These are not quick decisions, but commercially law firms are realising that there are significant benefits from adopting a shared approach to infrastructure and that security within these environments is now at a level which often exceeds what they are able to provide themselves.