Virtual1 Highlights Importance of Secondary Site

Key Partners recently attended the launch of the third Virtual1 Seminar Series held at Epsom Downs Racecourse on St George’s Day. Partners were invited to attend the Investec Spring Meeting which was co-hosted by Sentrum Colo.

This years Seminar series kicked off with a discussion and debate around the benefits of secondary site datacentres. Laurie Buxton, Sentrum Colo’s Operations Director led the presentation focussing on why Virtual1 Partners can’t afford to not have a secondary site.

The key everyday issues of disaster recovery; business continuity; latency; ownership of network; multiple access routes and commitment in terms of power and space were debated. The benefits of the Virtual1 solution through Sentrum Colo which provides on-net capability, diversely connected to the Virtual1 network with the added advantages of security, location and outstanding facilities, were then discussed.

James Hickman, CTO, Virtual1 added to the presentation and commented “A back up site needs to be considered so that business continuity can be provided at a location where access is easy following a disruptive event such as fire, flood or act of terrorism. Some may say that the goal posts have changed and it is not a question of ‘if this may happen’ but has now become – ‘when this will happen’.”

“It is essential that Partners consider a secondary site datacentre to mitigate risks and we can provide outstanding facilities. We can ensure that data can be replicated to a redundant infrastructure at a secondary site, significantly reducing risks associated with operating a single data centre,” said Simon Durrant, Sales Director at Virtual1.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine