Essential Advice For Protecting Servers and Data From Severe Weather

Posted by Gaw Technology on 8/6/2013

The summer of 2013 is going to be one for the record books.  People across the country have seen severe weather, and it doesn't seem like it's going to be calming down anytime soon.  Many scientists are blaming global warming for the strange and severe weather people around the country and the world have been experiencing, and many others think that the weather will become more erratic and severe as time goes on.

People across the nation are doing what they can to protect their property, and people who work in the IT industry should be doing the same.  The outdoor environment can easily affect your server room with flood waters, fires, wind, and earthquakes, and all of your servers should be well protected from environmental threats.  The physical security of your servers and other equipment should be a top priority, and you should be doing whatever you can to protect your equipment and data in a worst case scenario.  If you don't want to get caught off guard by weather and other environmental threats, make sure that you follow these steps.

Keep Your Back Up Data Secure

Sometimes servers can be damaged despite the efforts of the people who tend to them, and if your servers are damaged you want to make sure that you have access to the important data that is stored in them.  Every IT worker knows about the importance of backing up data, but all of the backups you do won't matter if the device you're using gets damaged.  Keep a master copy of all of your data somewhere that's off your main work site.  Pick a facility that's safe and well monitored to ensure that your data will stay safe even if your servers are damaged.

Think About UPS

When we say UPS we aren't talking about the delivery service.  UPS stands for uninterruptible power supply (also known as uninterruptible power source), it's an electrical apparatus that provides emergency power to computers and other IT equipment when the input power source fails.  A UPS isn't like an emergency power system or a standby generator since it will provide almost instantaneous protection from input power interruptions by supplying energy stored in batteries or a flywheel.  UPS units can be designed to protect a single server or computer, or large enough to support an entire data center. 

Remember Physical Protection

After you've taken steps to ensure that your data is safe, it's time to physically protect your equipment.  If you have hardware on the floor see if it can be moved to somewhere higher up to avoid water damage in case there is a flood, and be sure to use seismic racks to protect your servers in case they're suddenly moved or jolted.  If you're planning on powering you’re your equipment during an emergency, place a plastic sheet over it to protect it from potential water damage.

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