Business Continuity Suites

What are Business Continuity Suites?

Business continuity suites are specially designed computing centers where businesses store backup servers and networking equipment to power their network in case of an emergency or failure at the primary location. In an emergency, businesses can quickly switch over to their back-up network and run interrupted.
At River Bend’s business continuity centers, customers lease secure, isolated business continuity suites and then install their own networking and computer equipment. River Bend’s data recovery suites can also accommodate desks and workstations to provide a protected, continually connected environment for critical employees.

What are the Advantages of Business Continuity Suites?

  • Continuous Uptime: River Bend’s business continuity suites ensure that your business’s critical data will be protected during a natural disaster or other emergency. In the event of a fire or server failure at the primary location, your servers at River Bend will be unaffected.
  • Peace-of-mind: Business continuity suites are designed to weather the toughest storms without interruption. Backing up your data at a business continuity suite ensures that it will be operational 24/7/365.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Complex regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, FINRA, and more govern computer systems and information technology in large companies. Many regulations require personal data to be guarded in secure locations. Secure business continuity suites can provide solutions that are compliant with the most stringent regulations.
  • Privacy and Control: When leasing a business continuity suite, you are provided with a robust, secure location to house your own equipment. The data center operator should not have access to your network or data.

What is the Difference Between a Business Continuity Suite and a Business Continuity Workstation?

Business continuity suites are designed to be robust, private backup rooms for mission-critical employees and equipment. Additional computing and networking equipment is purchased, configured, and installed by the customer’s IT department. The equipment, along with a desired number of backup computers and workstations are located in the secured back-up suite, for activation in an emergency. Business continuity suites allow for flexible, off-site backup, but require additional management and oversight from an IT department.

Alternatively, for small businesses looking to simply have an emergency desk, business continuity workstations offer backup workspace with easy, simple setup and minimal parts and labor costs. Since River Bend’s workstations allow you to connect to your existing network over the internet, it is not necessary to purchase additional server racks, switches, and gateways.

What is the Difference Between Colocation and Business Continuity Suites?

River Bend’s business continuity suites are a specialized form of colocation providing increased security and physical protection from other customers than traditional data-center colocation. At River Bend, each customer receives a private, access-controlled suite ensuring that no other party has access to any part of your server or equipment. In traditional data center colocation, your servers might share a rack with many other companies, putting your data at risk by careless workers.

What Features Should I Look for in a Business Continuity Center?

Access to Fiber Optic Networks

A key advantage of business continuity centers is the ability to provide redundant access to multiple fiber optic carriers. Ideally, business continuity centers will be will be carrier-neutral, meaning tenants are able to obtain direct connections to any fiber optic provider without having to pay additional fees to the data center.
Also important is the dark fiber network. Dark fibers are dedicated fibers for use within a colocation center complex. For customers renting server racks across multiple buildings, dark fibers provide the most efficient way to transfer data. Without dark fibers, data transmission would be difficult due to the distance and speed limitations of traditional copper-based cable.

Uninterrupted Power

Business continuity centers need to operational 24/7. It is extremely important that colocation centers have access to a reliable electrical grid, and that they have multiple generators and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to ensure continuous operation.

What makes River Bend an Ideal Business Continuity Center?

  • 10 Fiber Optic Providers: River Bend offers tenants the ability to connect with up to 10 different fiber-optic providers, ensuring you will have internet connectivity regardless of the conditions outside.
  • Emergency power: Each business continuity center is equipped with emergency generators and uninterruptible power supplies. Emergency equipment is tested and maintained weekly to ensure it will be operational should a power outage occur.
  • Responsive Maintenance: River Bend’s emergency maintenance response teams are on call 24/7 to fix any problem as quickly as possible. River Bend’s maintenance teams have a proven record of keeping the campus operational throughout blizzards, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
  • Convenience: River Bend’s campus is located between New York City and Boston, with easy access to 6 major international airports (New York - LaGuardia, New York - Kennedy, Newark, White Plains/Westchester County, New York – Stewart, Hartford-Bradley, and Boston Logan). River Bend’s campus is directly accessible by train, allowing direct access to New York’s Metro North railroad, and an easy, 7-minute connection to Amtrak’s Stamford Station.

How do I Obtain More Information on Business Continuity Suites?

To obtain more information on business continuity workstations, contact River Bend’s dedicated business continuity team at: