If you live in the Northeast, you've probably spend the past few days preparing for Winter Storm Juno. Nobody wants to get snowed in without the proper euipment and supplies. Being stuck indoors with no power, no food and no water certainly aren't on most people's mid-week plans.
Keeping yourself safe from a potentially disastrous storm is a priority, but in a perfect world, you'd probably want to protect your data too, right? What happens if the 65 mph winds take down a power line and cut out the power? Or worse, a tree or heavy snow comes down on your place of business? Is your data lost? Do you still have access to it?
There are a few measure that you can take in order to better protect your data and the well-being of your business. Of course, protecting yourself and your family always comes first. Still, why not do everything you can to make sure that your business operations can withstand storms like Juno?
1. Disk Safe Replication
One way to ensure that your data is safe during a potentially disastrous storm is to replicate your disk safes so that you can access them off site. In the unfortunate event that your main data center is affected by the weather and your servers are damaged, you'll be able to replicate your last backup by accessing your disk safes without experiencing much, if any, downtime.
You never want to rely on only one location when it comes to accessing your data. It is possible to set up your disk safes so that a copy of your data backup gets sent to a cloud storage/backup system. From there, you can pull and restore your data right from the cloud.
So, if you're expecting weather that could put your business at risk of downtime, be sure that your disk safe replications are setup in a way that will give you access to your most recent backup no matter what.
2. Backup Power Supply
One problem that can be easily avoided is losing power. Not having access to your servers when the power is out can put you in a pinch. Make sure that you have backup generators in place so that when the lights go out, your data can be back up and running at the flip of a switch.
If you do have a backup power plan in place, let your clients know. It will put them at ease to know that even if there is a power outage, they can rely on you to keep them up and running.
24Shells, an internet hosting provider and partner of R1Soft, recently displayed a great example of making their disaster plan known.
The winter storm will impact the NewYork/NewJersey metro area, Our generators are ready for action if needed. We expect 0 downtime as always— 24Shells (@24shells) January 26, 2015
3. Incremental Backups
It's important to make incremental backups of your data. If you're stuck in the outdated mindset of making full, traditional backups, you are at serious risk of losing quite a bit of your data if your main data center is compromised.
Because full backups are taxing to your servers, they tend to be made less and less frequently as time goes on. Lets say your last full backup was two weeks ago. If your servers were compromised by disastrous weather, you're forced to roll all the way back to that last restore point.
On the other hand, incremental backups take far less time as they are only backing up files that were added or changed since the last operation. With incremental backups, you will only have to roll back minutes or hours instead of days, weeks, or even months.
The bottom line is, nobody likes dealing with bad weather. Still, the effects of a major storm can be limited if you have a plan in place. These three tips are a good place to start.
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