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A Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery Solution for Intel Factories

A Cost-Effective Disaster Recovery Solution for Intel Factories

To 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 Challenge

...Keeping 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.


Intel 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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