Once the data is being transferred to a second location, you can start working on a strategic plan for disaster recovery. What you really need to avoid is the possibility of a disaster occuring while you're still in the planning stage and your data is still in the building that's been destroyed by a fire or other calamity, he explained.
Buffington suggests there are two distinct sides to data protection. The immediate availability aspect (getting up and running very quickly after a system failure) is built into products such as Exchange, SQL Server and - through Distributed File System Replication and Distributed File System Namespaces - Windows. "The platforms themselves are natively resilient," he said.
Data preservation, on the other hand, is addressed by Data Protection Manager (DPM). Even a very small business can put DPM to good use in a relatively affordable configuration that puts a second server in another location (typically the business owner's home) to provide offsite backup of the primary server and the PCs connected to it.
This sort of arrangement also provides opportunities for hosting providers and channel partners to provide the second server. Companies such as Iron Mountain and JASCO can also be called upon.