Tuesday 08 April, 2014
A few years ago, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the east coast. It was a major storm the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades. Not only did it leave a great deal of damage, injury and loss of life in its wake, it also destroyed a great deal of data and caused downtime for major servers. With the losses of power it caused, big data centers that host in urban areas like New York City that host major websites could not continue operation.
Is your data ready for the next big disaster? Here are some ways to make sure your data is safe when disaster strikes.
Back Up Twice
All of your data should be physically backed up in at least two places. You can physically back up your data by saving it regularly to a detachable hard drive or other storage device. If possible, keep one of these drives somewhere far away from the computer or even the house. This way, if a disaster levels your home, you’ll still have your data stored somewhere else.
Store in the Cloud
Cloud storage is another good option. Back up your data using a service like Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive or Google. These cloud-based storage platforms store your data so that you can access it from any computer. Even if all of your physically backed up data is destroyed, all you need is an internet connection and your password and you can recover everything.
Effective Storage for Businesses
If you’re running a business and you have a great deal of data to back-up, you should invest in a business cloud storage solution. There are services that take care of your cloud storage for you. They also offer features such as encryption to make sure this data is safe, since businesses handle sensitive personal and financial information on their customers.
If you operate a data center and handle the data of others, you need to be extra prepared. Make sure you have enough back-up power to last for up to 48 hours. Create a plan for your staff, who may need to work overtime making sure everything is running correctly if a serious storm hits. Establish protocols for contacting your customers and letting them know what’s going on. If you can, store your data in multiple locations. This is what has saved Amazon whenever its data centers were hit by natural disasters.
It Can Happen to You
The most important thing is to realize that yes, it can happen to you. We all see major storms like Sandy on TV and thank our lucky stars that we’re well outside of the path. But from killer cyclones to raging wild fires, no part of the country is truly safe. Make sure you have your data recovery covered.