Your Data Surge Protection Plan

Your Data Surge Protection Plan

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Ask anyone who has endured a computer crash if they regret not backing of their data before the incident happened.  Most people will go through their daily lives assuming that their computer acts like a storage drawer, where anything that you put inside it will ultimately be able to be retrieved.  Entire businesses have been built upon attempting to retrieve data that has been lost in the unfortunate event of a computer crash.  Suddenly, all of the things that were stored on the computer become more important to the person who owns it, some of it being regretfully lost forever and some of it potentially being able to be salvaged in exchange for a high price.  Most people are shocked by the cost of data recovery services, and are forced to decide based upon the value of the information vs.  the amount of cost to retrieve it.  Now imagine if this were the information that allows your business to operate in a streamlined fashion, or potentially to operate at all.  Data loss on that scale can be devastating.  Therefore, the small efforts that individuals will eventually take after learning their lesson the hard way are the same lessons that businesses will employ either before or after some form of data loss.  The smart businesses will plan before hand, and all the rest will plan after they have been subjected to the pains of losing data.

Your data surge protection plan is going to start with surge protection devices.  The actual redundant backups that are created may be the most obvious part of the data protection plan, but addressing the most obvious causes for data loss first will also assist you in preventing these disruptions.  One of the most common causes of data loss is power surges, either caused by lightning strikes which damage equipment and create large scale surges in electricity within a system, or potentially through switching errors or equipment malfunctions that happen within the grid system itself.  No matter what the source of these electrical transients, they are almost always going to produce a significant amount of damage to computer equipment at the circuitry level, ultimately resulting in the potential for data losses within the system itself.  The circuitry and data storage systems within computerized elements of larger systems are easily damaged by electricity that is outside of an operational range.  Even small-scale damage that does not require complete replacement of computerized equipment can cause losses of data that is necessary for the functionality of that system.  Because of the critical nature of this data, most business operators will install both redundant backup systems as well as redundant surge protection devices at critical junctures in the power flow chain.  Through the dressing of the potential failures and losses within these systems, operators can keep their businesses running more smoothly over time, ultimately resulting in lower costs than if they attempt to fly without the safety net of data protection.

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