Business Continuity Centers

What is a Business Continuity Center?

A business continuity center is a remote location designed to support a business’s operations in the event of a system failure or catastrophe at the main site. Business continuity centers are given their name because they allow continuous operation of a business. Backups of key software and data are stored on the remote servers, allowing a business to quickly and effortlessly switch computing resources from a damaged server to the backup (located within a business continuity center) without interruption to the business.

Data centers are located in specially designed buildings and contain significant computing resources, typically vast arrays of server racks, high-bandwidth fiber-optic lines, and reinforced floors with specially designed cooling systems.

What are the advantages of a Business Continuity Center?

The primary advantage of a business continuity center is the ability to keep a business up-and-running even when there is a computer failure at the primary office. In today’s fast-paced, global economy, businesses would be crippled during a network outage.

Business continuity centers provide peace of mind by ensuring that all mission-critical processes are redundant at an off-site, secure location. In an emergency, businesses can function as normal by running via the remote servers.

What features should a user look for in a Business Continuity Center?

Reliability is critical when choosing a business continuity center. Since the purpose of business continuity is to keep a business running during an emergency, the computers need to be available 24/7. The data center should have backup generators with uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) so that computers can run for days even if there is no electricity.

In addition, the building should have secure, controlled access to prevent unauthorized users from accessing sensitive data. Responsive maintenance teams ensure that the building and facilities are in working order.

Location is also a primary factor in choosing a business continuity center. Data centers should be located away from the main business so that a fire, flood, or extreme weather does not impact both the primary facility and data center. Ideally, the data center should be located close enough to a major city that it is easy to access, but remote enough that it would not be impacted by any event in that city.

Questions to ask potential Business Continuity Center Operators

  • Have there ever been any significant power failures in the last 5 years?
  • How many internet/fiber-optic providers serve the building?
  • Where is the local node for the fiber-optic/cable lines?
  • Are the fiber nodes shared with other businesses that have heavy bandwidth needs?
  • Are the servers leased to one company, or are they shared among many customers?

What advantages does River Bend Center offer for Business Continuity Centers?

Reliability:

All of River Bend’s business continuity centers have dedicated backup generators which are tested weekly to ensure high reliability. River Bend has an emergency maintenance response team available 24/7 which employs state of the art electronic monitoring instantly alerting the team of any potential building issues.

High Bandwidth and Dedicated Fiber Nodes:

River Bend offers up to 10 different fiber optic providers and lines into the campus, among the highest in the region. In addition, River Bend has a dedicated fiber node – ensuring that the full bandwidth of any fiber-optic line is for the exclusive use of River Bend tenants. River Bend also offers direct dark-fiber feeds to a nearby satellite uplink station.

Location:

River Bend Centers’ business continuity centers are located in Stamford, CT – 45 minutes from New York city, and less than 2.5 hours from Boston. River Bend Center is situated next to the Springdale train station, and is located between two major highways, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway.