At the Core
11 December 14

A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Keeping Your Data Remote To Maintain Security

Businesses of varying size and industry have come to the realization that they can't rely merely on their local hard drives for storing all of their essential data. For an extra layer of security and peace of mind, companies' technical officers have made the wide choice to use cloud backup services for keeping their data safe and secure. This way, they're prepared for any potential disaster that threatens to come in their direction.

It's important to keep in mind, though, that the location of this cloud data is key. You can't keep those essential files just anywhere. It's important to think critically about the physical locale of your business and of its data. Ideally, the two would be kept far, far away from each other, such that any disaster scenario affecting one would steer clear of the other.

There are plenty of real-world examples to support this notion. Catastrophic events happen all the time that put corporate data in jeopardy. You want to be safe, should such an episode happen to you.

When disaster strikes…
It's difficult to prepare for all different types of disasters that might affect your company's data, but there's no doubt that a remote location can be a huge help. CBS San Francisco Bay Area recently reported on a situation where remote cloud storage played a key role after a storm of record proportions recently hit Northern California.

"Catastrophic events happen all the time that put corporate data in jeopardy. You want to be safe, should such an episode happen to you."

Massive power outages spread across the area. Power company PG&E said that nearly 100,000 customers were affected by the storm, and there was no estimate as to when electricity could be restored. Even in San Francisco, a major hub city for technology and commerce, outages were widespread. There was no power from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Financial District.

A super-storm of this magnitude can be a major disruption to your business. If people aren't able to access their data or go about their daily tasks, it can be difficult to maintain productivity. But the problem is only exacerbated for organizations that had both their headquarters and their cloud data centered in San Francisco. For those unfortunate few, the storm was a double whammy. Keeping the two spaced out is the safer way to go.

How far is far enough?
So you know you need to keep your cloud data far away, but how far are we talking? That's a question that's up for debate.

It's a big planet, with a lot of room for spreading out your data.

According to NetStandard, many corporate leaders agree that hundreds of miles of separation works best. The organization polled tech executives in 2010 and found that 44 percent keep their data 250 miles away or more, 30 percent opt for 500 or more and 13 percent have their data 1,000 miles away or more.

That may sound really far, but it's sufficient to keep all of your data safe, whether it's stored in a private or hybrid cloud. NetStandard also noted that when asked to name their greatest source of business disruption, 44 percent of tech leaders cited power outages as their worst enemy. If an outage happens to you, you want at the very least to keep your data safe. That's why distance is your best friend.

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