Planning Ahead

A recent press release from AppRiver, discussing their plans for hurricane readiness got me thinking. Too many times we focus on where a hosting company is located, neglecting to consider where their data centers are. Hurricane Katrina affected numerous facilities, as I found out when I was called on by a friend to help locate a group of elderly monks who had a monastery in New Orleans. Normally, the monks were wired, but their ISP was down, and they couldn’t post anything to their site since their data center was located in New Orleans. It took several days to track them down (they were all fine) but they did end up losing their site’s files and had to start over.

Do you know where your data center is? Do you have a contingency plan that will go beyond UPS services for an extended period of time? It’s always a good idea to keep a back-up of your site, but it won’t do you much good if you store it on your server. Later today, I’ll be posting a Guide to Back-up Services that should give you a good place to start if you want to start keeping your data offsite. A few days of downtime are one thing, but having to start from scratch is an entirely different story.

What are your contingency plans? Let us know! You can comment below or send me an email at

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Posted on 05/17/06 2:58 AM

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