When a natural disaster strikes, our thoughts often turn to the visible, physical damage that occurs. But for many businesses, such incidents could cause even greater harm by impacting less tangible, but even more valuable data. The last thing any company needs is for a disaster to cause them to temporarily — or even permanently — lose access to information records. Because of this, data center companies that provide quality service prioritize disaster recovery. Here’s how they ensure that their clients never lose the information that matters most.
Data centers house large swaths of data, which, if accessed by the wrong group of people, could put confidential personal information, company assets, and more at risk. Because of this, quality data centers prevent the need for disaster recovery by designing their facilities to be a literal fortress.
Data centers have some of the most robust digital security certifications available, and they regularly update their protocols to stave off even the most pernicious of theft attempts. Physical security isn’t neglected, either, with controlled, gated access and a strong security guard presence being common sights at such facilities.
The Right Location(s)
If a powerful earthquake were to strike a data center and cause extensive damage, information could be lost. Because of this, data center companies typically use multiple locations to create reliable backups. These separate facilities aren’t placed right next door to each other, either — instead, they are located many kilometers away, often in different seismic and climate zones so a single incident wouldn’t affect both facilities.
By choosing relatively low-risk areas and “backing up” information with the use of multiple facilities, you can have confidence that you won’t lose your data.
Headline-grabbing disasters aren’t the only thing that could disrupt one’s ability to access their data. After all, a stronger than expected thunderstorm could easily knock out power to the area where a data center is located. In addition to using multiple facilities, each data center will typically use redundant power supplies to keep everything up and running. Even if the primary power source is knocked out, a reliable backup supply will ensure that clients don’t experience any interruptions in their ability to access their data during the recovery process.
By taking these preventative measures, data center companies greatly minimize their clients’ risk. With adequate preparation against both natural and manmade disasters, customer information, confidential company projects, and other important pieces of data will be kept safe and secure, yet still readily available to the authorized individuals who need to use it.