Common Natural Data Disasters And How To Recover
By Features Desk
Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
In today’s world, most businesses rely on their data to run their operations. The data that they store is as important to them as the money they make. This means that it needs to be protected. When it comes to threats from hackers or thieves, you can protect yourself easily. But, when it comes to mother nature, you may not have a chance. Obviously, we can’t control things like the weather. So, it’s usually a matter of planning your recovery, instead of trying to avoid it at all. To help you out, this post will go through some common natural disasters and how they can damage your data. And, it will also help you to recover from these incidents if you ever have to.
Thunder and Lightning
These types of storms are common all over the world. And, it doesn’t matter how severe they are; they can always affect your data. When lightning strikes, it can often hit sensitive parts of our infrastructure. Often, this can be the facilities that distribute power to buildings in the immediate area. This means that lightning will often cause power outages that can last for hours. Usually, this would be fine. When the power comes back, you simply reboot and carry on. But, most data servers use RAID configurations, nowadays. When a RAID system loses power during data transfers, it garbles the data across all of the drives. The only way to avoid this issue is to use a UPS. A UPS provides your system with enough battery power for operations to be completed and for the system to safely shut down, before the data is ruined.
Tornados bring a different sort of chaos to the table. Instead of causing your data to be ruined on the digital side, a tornado is more likely to simply destroy your servers. Tornados cause flooding, power outages, and, of course, physical destruction. As a combination, this can spell doom for your data. The best way to protect yourself in areas that are prone to tornados is to have backups of your data stored elsewhere. Or, if you want to take extra care, you can pay to have your data stored with a company that isn’t in an area that is likely to be hit by disasters. These services are usually reasonably affordable and won’t hamper the way that your business operates.
Sometimes, it can simply be too late; you may have already lost a lot of data. In this case, the only thing you can do is hope that the data can be recovered. Disaster recovery as a service is fundamental to this task. This means that you will likely have to pay a professional company to recover data for you. Most of these companies will use software that they’ve developed themselves, as well as specialist machinery, to get to the data on your drives.
This should give you a good idea as to how you should be protecting your data. Obviously, the best way to avoid natural disasters is to avoid areas that are prone to them. But, when this isn’t possible, you can only prepare and make sure that you’re ready for the worst.