Data Continuity Centers

What is a Data Continuity Center?

A data continuity center is a remote, off-site location designed to support a business’s operations in the event of a system failure or catastrophe at the main office location. Data 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 server (located within a data continuity center) without interruption to the business.

Data continuity 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 Data Continuity Center?

The primary advantage of a data continuity center 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 computer failure.

Data 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 off-site servers.

What Features Should a User Look For in a Data Continuity Center?

Reliability is critical when choosing a data continuity center. Since the purpose of data 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 data 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 Data Continuity Center Operators

  • Have there ever been any significant power failures affecting the building 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 fiber nodes shared with other businesses that have heavy bandwidth needs?
  • Are servers leased to one company, or are they shared among many customers?

What advantages does River Bend offer for Data Continuity Centers?

Reliability: All of River Bend’s data 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 12 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’s data continuity centers are located in Stamford, CT – 45 minutes from New York city, and less than 2.5 hours from Boston. River Bend has a train station next to the campus, and is located between two major highways, I-95 and the Merritt Parkway.

How do I Obtain More Information on Business Continuity Workstations?

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