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service continuity stimulated by vendors offering more attractive deals than they were previously. Assess locational risks of where the data is housed and how it is protected. Taylor argues that the risks are dynamic and evolve over time. These risks could even include adjacent businesses, but more pertinently he wonders whether it is still acceptable for data centres to be located in a low flood risk area – close to rivers – and whether they can rely 100 per cent on flood defences. A flood on both sides of the country could knock out an entire industry. Invest in at least two or even three disaster recovery sites and they shouldn’t be located within the same circles of disruption. Traditionally data centres have been located far too close together because of an inability to mitigate the effects of network latency with existing technologies, but this needn’t be the case today. L  ook for solutions beyond the traditional monolithic IT companies – SMEs tend to be more innovative. They may offer solutions that can mitigate the effects of latency and permit data recovery sites to be placed outside the Circle of Disruption, a distance apart from each other without being impacted by latency. Velocity of data transfer need not be impinged by latency. D  on’t focus on short term costs based on the lowest price because these ‘insurance policies’ are there to protect your data centre and therefore your business well into the future whenever an unexpected disaster occurs. Having the right business 38 Prevention better than cure continuity technology in place for your data will potentially save millions in the long run. Remember that it’s not just about downtime, it’s about trust and protecting your reputation as a company. So don’t put your livelihood at risk. Consulting firm Deloitte’s director of construction advisory, data centres and infrastructure, Christopher Taylor explains that a flood on both sides of the country could be disastrous because it might even knock out an entire industry. The problem is that businesses tend to cluster together and in London they include financial services firms and data centres. T