Disaster Recovery Workstations

What are Disaster Recovery Workstations?

Disaster recovery workstations should be perceived as a cost-effective form of business-interruption insurance. In an emergency, mission-critical employees arrive at the disaster recovery site, enter a secured building, log on to their computer, and return to work as normal.

At River Bend's disaster recovery centers, customers lease individual workstations and provide their own computers. All River Bend facilities are wired to multiple-redundant power supplies and access up to 10 fiber lines to ensure nonstop connectivity to your network. There is minimal IT setup and overhead, allowing companies of all sizes to benefit from leasing a disaster recovery workstation.

What are the Advantages of Disaster Recovery Workstations?

  • Peace-of-mind: River Bend’s proven record of reliability and connectivity ensure that your business will be operational regardless of what is happening outside.
  • Customer Service: If your office is damaged, disaster recovery workstations ensure that you can still complete an urgent project, document, or analysis for your customer.
  • Ease-of-use: Simply connect your computer to the disaster recovery workstation on day one, and it will be ready whenever you need it.
  • Security: River Bend’s disaster recovery workstations are housed in secured facilities with video surveillance.

What is the Difference Between a Disaster Recovery Workstation and a Disaster Recovery Suite?

Disaster recovery 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.

Alternatively, disaster recovery 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. Disaster recovery suites allow for flexible, off-site backup, but require additional management and oversight from an IT department.

Can a Small Business Benefit from Using Disaster Recovery Workstations?

Absolutely! Small businesses often need disaster recovery workstations the most. If a fire or flood were to happen to your office, valuable data might be destroyed and your business could be closed for weeks. Disaster recovery workstations ensure that you will be able to access your data as needed and remain functioning while your primary facility is under repair.

Disaster Recovery Workstations and Cloud Computing

Disaster recovery workstations can easily connect to your cloud computing needs. In fact, cloud computing has made disaster recovery workstations easier to manage than ever. Using your existing cloud-based applications, real-time data will be instantly available at River Bend in the event you need to activate a disaster recovery workstation.

Is Cloud Computing Replacing Disaster Recovery Workstations?

No—in fact cloud-based services are the perfect complement to River Bend’s disaster recovery workstations. Cloud computing provides access to your data from anywhere, and disaster recovery workstations ensure that you will have a secure, internet-connected, and operational facility to operate uninterrupted.

Since disaster recovery workstations are designed to weather the toughest storms and catastrophes, it is probable that other, non-secured locations will be unable to connect to the internet or cloud-computing services.

How do I Obtain More Information on Disaster Recovery Workstations?

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