Cloud storage services provider Nirvanix announced on Tuesday it is expanding its Disaster Avoidance Program to customers currently storing data in its Node 3 data center in Dallas, giving them the option of moving their data to another Nirvanix cloud storage data center temporarily or full-time.
A massive storm brought 10 to 12 tornadoes in the Dallas area Tuesday afternoon, injuring at least 17 people, as well as causing extensive damage and power outages.
A disaster recovery is an essential value-add service that hosting providers should add to their portfolio if they have not already. Natural and man-made disasters, though rare, can cause costly disruptions to service, which is why it is crucial to offer these programs as a precaution, particularly in areas prone to extreme weather.
Web hosting company SunGard Availability Services provided DR services to several of its customers who were impacted by the Boston Back Bay electrical fire in March, while web hosting companies NetStandard and Heartland Technology Solutions provided free cloud services to help businesses affected by the Joplin, Missouri tornado in January.
So far no web hosting providers or data center operators have reported any major disruption in data center services in the Dallas area, which is home to at least 40 facilities serving web hosts and dozens of corporate data centers, according to a report by Data Center Knowledge.
While all of its carrier-class data centers are fully redundant, including diesel generator power backups and UPS to maintain full power at all times, Nirvanix is giving Dallas area customers extra peace of mind in offering them the choice to move their data to another Nirvanix data center, free of charge.
Data relocation options outside of Dallas include two data centers in Los Angeles and New Jersey, one in Frankfurt, Germany, two in Switzerland, and one in Tokyo, Japan with Las Vegas and Hawaii nodes available in the near future.
“We are standing by ready to assist our customers as they face a series of damaging tornadoes,” said Scott Genereux, president and CEO of Nirvanix. “By storing their data in the Nirvanix cloud, customers benefit from the transparent movement of data from one region to another with no impact to their business operations. By making the shift from the physical machine to the virtual cloud, our customers have embraced a more agile and adaptable business continuity strategy.”
Nirvanix provides enterprise-class cloud storage services including fully managed public, hybrid and private cloud storage services with usage-based pricing. Last week, Nirvanix began offering direct connections to its cloud storage network in Equinix International Business Exchange data centers.
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