How SD Data Center Protects Data from Both Natural and Cyber Disasters
When business owners are thinking about the security of their systems and information, there is more than just the “data cloud” to consider. Naturally, virtual cloud storage is a necessity for businesses today. But it’s important to consider other clouds on the horizon as well – along with the literal ground beneath the building and the winds whistling through the trees. Natural disasters can pose a very real threat to data storage. Even the threat of a cyberattack is enough to set off alarm bells. Where critical data lives, danger looms. But SD Data Center offers several layers of protection for disaster recovery, business continuity, and cybersecurity to offer clients an invaluable deliverable: peace of mind.
The way Rob Hill sees it, failing to prepare for a disaster is preparing to fail. As the business development director, Global Data Solutions, for SD Data Center, Hill is exceptionally attuned to the risks businesses run if they do not have proper redundancy and recovery plans in place. “One thing we face, having a data warehouse and storage facility in Florida, is proving to our clients that the data is secure no matter what strikes. The building for our Melbourne location is essentially a bunker – a Tier 3 purpose-built data center, constructed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, with 25,000 square feet and the ability to meet a huge array of network requirements.”
Even with exceptional facility features, data should never live in one physical location alone. SD Data Center provides several secondary sites in Denver, Colo.; Santa Paula, Calif.; and Southbury, Conn. to host data as an added layer of protection, ensuring that, no matter what catastrophe strikes, businesses can be back up and running quickly.
“No one should have data stored exclusively in one site, or even along one or both coasts,” explains Hill. “If you have your data primarily housed here in Florida, the backup shouldn’t be along the East Coast in New York or the West Coast in San Francisco. It should be stored in a non-coastal area, providing that added protection and peace of mind. Geographical diversity is key.”
Of course, man-made threats can wreak as much havoc as Mother Nature, and such cyberattacks rarely give the advanced warning of an approaching storm. But the team of experts at SD Data Center is equipped to meet such challenges with cybersecurity solutions including dark web monitoring, advanced endpoint protection shields, and intrusion prevention system/malware protection. “We try to take a complete approach to client security by offering the client security-training solutions along with the more traditional security solutions. Lack of proper security practices is often the client’s greatest weakness,” says Frank Huston, director of Global Data Services.
SD Data Center serves hundreds of clients, including in the compliance-driven aviation, legal, finance and healthcare industries. “We consider ourselves a specialized, boutique data center,” offers Huston. “We work closely with our clients to provide consulting and support, free of charge, to design solutions that meet their needs and compliance requirements, as well as monitoring and reporting after the fact so it’s clear that their data is safe.” Whether it’s a space built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes, a backup location on the other side of the country, or layers of protection in the cyberworld, SD Data Center makes customers’ data safety their top priority.