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A Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery Solution for Intel FactoriesTo minimize factory downtime and associated loss of revenue, Intel IT has successfully implemented a cost-effective business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) solution at two factories by “stretching” mission-critical systems between two different data centers within the same facility.Business ChallengeKeeping Intel’s assembly and test manufacturing (ATM) automation systems running 24x7 is critical to our company’s bottom line. Even a small glitch in factory operation can cost millions of dollars and impact Intel’s ability to ship products to customers. A cost-effective and efficient BC and DR solution is vital to our business—so that if downtime does occur for any reason, a factory can resume operation as quickly as possible.BackgroundIntel places high demands on ATM factory automation infrastructure to deliver an aggressive product roadmap and high-volume output. Typically, the automation systems that support a factory reside in a single data center within same facility; any data center failure adversely impacts factory operation. To enhance our existing BC and DR plans, Intel IT evaluated five options:• Pack and ship. Ship required components to the affected factory from a test lab with the same equipment setup.• Storage replication. Protect data by replicating the storage system at a second onsite data center for at a nearby site.• Integration test lab. Build a new integration test lab at each site for backup.• Cross-site. Use a nearby factory or other facility as the DR site.• Intra-site. Stretch high-availability mission-critical components between two data centers within the same site.Read the full A Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery Solution for Intel Factories Best Practices.
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