Data replication is the function associated with keeping a second, synchronized copy of your files on a separate system, ensuring continuous availability and security of the data.

Addressing Data Unavailability

By replicating your data across multiple machines or across sites, you can ensure that your application’s data continues to be available even in the event of a failure on any given machine in the replication group. If you choose to implement replication within a single site (as opposed to remote replication) you have the opportunity to increase the read performance of your applications by spreading date across multiple machines.

Replication also allows you to minimize the problem of a single point of failure by using more hardware to guarantee your data writes.

A Resolution That Provides Continuous Data Access

With data replication, you can automate the process of moving changes from the original copy on your production (source) system to the backup copy on your secondary or remote (target) system.


All too often, a disaster recovery plan is created without giving proper consideration to a data replication strategy that meets the true needs of the business.  As a result, the plan is often “cut back” in scope, and the business is introduced to a greater degree of risk.

In the RIGHTSAFE WORKSHOP  at Cima, our approach stimulates joint collaboration to create a blueprint which reflects your objectives and ideal infrastructure vision that will address your business needs.  We will allow you to discover how to design – and justify – an effective data replication policy, as part of a comprehensive disaster recovery plan.

The Value of Data Replication

Data and application availability are the key benefits of data replication.  Because data exists in a secondary location or across multiple systems, key applications have access to it in the event of a component failure.

For the IT Professional

For the IT professional, there is the value of “peace of mind”, knowing that data is secure.

For the Company

Data security is vital.  An effective data replication policy is an important element to an effective disaster recovery plan.  The events of the past ten years have demonstrated the need for businesses to maintain access to redundant copies of data in order to ensure system availability.  Whether the replication is local – across multiple systems, or remote – spanning physical buildings is dependent upon the needs of the business.

It is important to understand that data replication is not a cost-saving endeavor.  On the contrary, data replication can be quite expensive to implement, but the value of replication as part of a comprehensive disaster plan should be measured by the question “how much does it cost us to lose access to our data?”

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