Phoenix data safe range.
This would be for storing tapes, cds and ideally paper "this bit goes there" docs for rebuilding from scratch.
Roughly a folder of A4, up to 20 LT02 (or equivalent capacity) tapes and 40 CDs or so - essentially the means to rebuild the network on new hardware and restore the data.
Last edited by pete; 24th September 2008 at 06:54 PM.
Phoenix data safe range.
The only safe I know of in this building is one in the finance managers office. We're not lucky enough to have one
Isn't the issue that fireproof safes are like "waterproof" watches? They are rated for a certain temp for a certain time, you also need to look very closely at what temperatues it is expected to reach inside and wheather or not this is going to render your carefully taken backup media completely useless.
Mine go off site :P
a live offsite backup will be a better solution.
Even an offline one would be good, although I will be moving to Backup Exec 12.5 soon to make sure tapes are encrypted. It's not like we lose millions of pounds an hour when it's not on
Last edited by DMcCoy; 25th September 2008 at 01:13 PM. Reason: Typo
Apologies if you already know this, but you'll need an offsite backup too, as FN-GM says.
If there's been a serious fire, it's likely to be quite some time before you can access the burnt-out wreck of a building to retrieve all your stuff - assuming it's ever safe to do so.
We have a weekly offsite backup but it doesn't really fall within DP guidance (tapes are encrypted but a locked suitcase chained into the bottom of a spare wardrobe probably doesn't qualify as "secure location").
Live offsite backup isn't feasible (though incrementals *might* work) due to bandwidth atm. County have floated a "would you be interested in offsite backup?", but until we get a 100MB pipe it would take too long.
The safe would be in a remote building on the site (so a fire would either take out that building or the main school buildings - in either case we're fine).
We're lucky ATM- the entire LA is all fibre linked, every school, every public building etc. We're replicated around 3 sites and civic offices server farm.
Even if we got nuked, the data would be fine.
In the new academy site, we've specced up identical servers for our "on site but seperate building" training centre as for the main school, and we'll be running fibre between the 2 and duplicating them nightly. Unless the entire site gets flattened, we should be able to run even after a fire in one building.
We'll also have a data safe etc, and I intend to get a hefty disk for off site backup at my place, just for the additional peace of mind.
We couldnt get insured until we could prove we have our tapes in a secure location away from the main building with servers etc..
The safe must be water proof as well as fireproof as water damage can be more than the fire its self. Fire brigade use thousands of gallons of water and a back up tape under water is not going to be very good.
We've got one of these
Secureline Secure Data Cabinets
Ours is the SL-SDA45E. Huge extremely heavy safe that looks like it could survive nuclear war. 2 hours fire protection
Its located in another building approx 50 metres from the main building and server room - not perfect but the chance of both buildings being destroyed is extremely low
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