Disaster to your I.T. infrastructure can strike at any time. From hardware failure and power outages to cyber-attacks and environmental catastrophes, these disasters can take many forms.
If you have your own physical I.T. infrastructure, the effects of these events can be especially devastating. Let’s say your on-site server is struck down or your data centre succumbs to severe weather — you’ll be unable to access your company data and your employees will be prevented from doing their job.
Your business will be brought to a screeching halt, costing you precious time and money. You may think that storing and accessing your data on private servers located at your premises is safe, but the truth is, you’re leaving your business dangerously vulnerable to a variety of threats, many of which are out of your control.
First, let’s take a look at the types of disasters that can wreak havoc on your I.T. systems.
What type of disasters pose a threat to your businesses’ I.T. infrastructure?
Weather & environment
A physical IT infrastructure isn’t very good at weathering the unpredictability of nature. Things like floods, fires and storms can have a devastating impact on IT equipment, inflicting structural damage that can leave your business unable to access your data or systems — or at the very least, cause a long-term power outage which can still leave your business incapacitated for a long period.
The bad news is extreme weather is only expected to become a bigger concern. There is mounting evidence linking human-made climate change to an increasing frequency of extreme weather events. In the last few years alone, we’ve witnessed numerous record-breaking storms, hurricanes and fires wreaking havoc around the world. As climate change roars on, extreme weather events like these will become more common.
Fires and floods aren’t always caused by an environmental catastrophe, though. In most cases, fires can be accidentally started by someone spilling liquid on electrical equipment or someone leaving a flammable substance (such as paper) in an overheated or poorly ventilated area. While flooding can be started by a water leak or plumbing fault in your office or building.
While modern hardware is sturdier and more reliable than ever, the laws of physics dictate that every device must age and eventually fail. Some of the hardware malfunctions that pose a threat include a server going down, a network failure or a piece of equipment’s cooling system malfunctioning. These are typically caused by overheating or short circuits or faulty electronic components, although as we all know, a piece of technology that is built to work and last can still be prone to malfunctioning.
If you maintain your own I.T. infrastructure, you’ll need to replace your equipment every three to five years to reduce the risk of slowdowns or failures.
A power outage can be paralysing to your business, causing long delays due to the time it takes to repair and reboot systems. In many cases, a power outage is caused by short circuits as a result of a fire, lightning, water leakage or some other electrical component failure. It could also be caused by the effects of a storm or lightning, or a problem that your Distribution Network Operators (DNO) is experiencing.
Just because your data is under your watchful eye, it doesn’t mean that it’s safe from the threat of cyber crime. Hackers typically use phishing scams, spam email or instant messages and bogus websites to deliver dangerous malware to your computer and compromise your computer security. They can also try to access your computer directly if you are not protected by a firewall.
Once they’ve hacked into your computer or network, these online predators can hijack usernames and passwords; steal funds, make purchases and obtain cash advances; sell your information to other parties.
It isn’t just external people you have to worry about. Sometimes well-meaning employees can create disasters. It’s happened before in businesses where a user has accidentally shut off the power, downloaded malicious software, botched configurations, entered a typo while putting in a command, or triggered the fire extinguishing system. We’re human after all!
Cloud Geeni’s Managed IaaS platform has been designed to mitigate any disaster. No matter what type of catastrophe happens, we have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan in place, ensuring your business stays up and running, safeguarding you from the costly consequences of disasters, and giving you peace of mind.
How can IaaS mitigate any I.T.-related disaster?
First off, your data is stored in the cloud, not on a server with a physical on-premise I.T. infrastructure. If your server or data centres are affected by severe weather or a power outage — that’s it, you’re screwed. Your data is stored in that one location, which has been compromised.
However, with IaaS, your data is in the cloud, meaning if your server or data centre gets struck down or you suffer a power outage, your data is safe, and you can still access your data, files, folders and applications — so long as your device is fully charged and you have a secure internet connection!
Multiple data centres
Your data is duplicated in near-real-time on a sibling server at a secondary data centre, which is also ISO accredited and tier 3 approved. So in the event of a data centre failure or hardware failure, we can boot up the infrastructure in data centre 2, where your data will immediately cut across to its sibling, so there is no loss of service and no downtime, and we can ensure business continuity for our clients.
Secure data centres
Your data is safe and secure in our state-of-the-art UK-based data centres. Our data centres are all ISO27001-accredited and Tier 3, meaning they adhere to the highest certification standards. They’re equipped with fire detection and suppression systems, temperature controls to maintain optimum performance and are protected by Iris recognition entry systems to keep out unauthorised individuals. They also have backup power supplies to ensure continuity in the event of a power outage.
Data and network security
Businesses can be wary of putting sensitive and valuable data in the cloud. Our stringent security measures. Removing the worry, at Cloud Geeni we make security a key priority. We use stringent security measures to ensure your data is safe in the cloud and your network remains safeguarded, including:
- 2-factor authentication
- Cloud encryption
- Firewall protection
- Strip lost or stolen devices of data and credentials
- Monitored 24/7
- Engineers notified immediately
Backups and data recovery
Our Managed IaaS platform boasts best-in-class backup and recovery processes. We take daily back-ups that are kept for a minimum of 60 days, so there’s always an up-to-date copy of your data ready to be restored in the event of a failure. However, this time frame can be adjusted to suit your own requirements. At the clients’ request, we also take snapshots every three hours.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a best-in-breed Managed IaaS platform and safeguard your company from the threat of any kind of disaster, get in touch with the Cloud Geeni team on 0330 088 0801 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.