FOUR WAYS YOU SHOULD PROTECT YOUR IT SYSTEMS FROM EXTREME WEATHER
16 January 2017, Written by James Perkins
SHANNON Overs, co-founder of onPlatinum ICT, sees it too often, perhaps half a dozen times per year businesses that do not have adequate protection from extreme weather events.
Use a uninterruptible power supply
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is essentially a battery that sits between the hardware and the power supply, protecting equipment vulnerable to a power surge through power or phone lines.
Protect your server from the heat
As Overs explains, "A computer's worst enemy is heat".
Back up your data offsite
onPlatinum ICT subscribes to the 3-2-1 Method of data protection, which stipulates that there are three copies of all data, two of which are local, in two types of mediums such as a external hard drive and a Network Attached Storage (NAS) Device and another that is offsite.
This is where the cloud can play a role, protecting your data in an offsite location that is accessible to online.
"An offsite backup could be cloud-based secure storage, or taking a hard drive away from the office, at the least. While that is obviously not as reliable as cloud-based backup, when you use offsite backup, something is better than nothing."
Even when a business is using the cloud, it is important to ensure the provider has a secure location for the servers.
onPlatinum ICT has two data centres in different geographic locations, both situated above the flood line.
Insurance will provide compensation in case of disaster, but as Overs says, most policies require protection for the server.