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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs information technology consultant talked about data protection this week to the county council.
Jim Becher spoke to the board about the possibility of putting in hard drives for the sole purpose of ‚Äúbacking up‚ÄĚ all the data produced by the county‚Äôs various departments.
Becher also presented the less feasible option of the county going to ‚Äúoff-site backup.‚ÄĚ
Becher told the board that sending the county‚Äôs computer data to an off-site storage facility in California could cost as much as $13,000 each year.
He said having the county‚Äôs data in such a facility would be for ‚Äúdisaster recovery.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúOff-site backups are a good idea, don‚Äôt get me wrong,‚ÄĚ Becher said, ‚Äúbut this is all a gamble. It‚Äôs kind of an insurance policy.‚ÄĚ
Becher‚Äôs plan calls for a large server or hard drive to be placed in the basement of the jail where all the county‚Äôs data could be copied to.
He suggested a second server could be placed in the Whitley County Government Center.
For the county to lose all its data, Becher said the scenario would have to be drastic.
‚ÄúThe jail would have to burn to the ground and flood,‚ÄĚ he said, adding that with a second backup server in the government center, ‚ÄúAll three places would have to burn to the ground and flood.‚ÄĚ
Becher said losing the servers would not necessarily constitute losing the county‚Äôs data since it would still be living on the original servers.
According to Becher, the county has about 120 computers and nine servers.
Becher said sending the county‚Äôs data to an off-site facility would also be a problem because of the county‚Äôs current slow Internet speed.
‚ÄúWe would never get our data off-site in a 100 million years,‚ÄĚ he said.
The council took the issue under advisement.