The difference between data and information is that data is in the rawest of form, as found as 0s and 1s in a computer, which cannot be understood by everybody. Information, on the other hand, is the processed and analyzed data which is presented in the form of charts, tables, figures, analysis, etc which can be used to infer many findings. Both data and information is vital for an organization because without the data, information cannot be derived and without being translated to the form of information, data cannot be studied. Learn how to secure the data from adversities using the server colocation techniques.
Colocation is to store the confidential data in servers and move the servers physically to different location managed by colocation service providers.
• Keep them guessing: Since the data is not there in the same premises of the business, it is impossible for the intruder to guess where the information would be stored, in case if they approach with the intention to take away the server shelf plates.
• Power drips: The power fluctuations are the first foe of data flow and safety in data management. If the data is on the internet and thousands of other computers may need access to it, say for instance in case of ATM network, then it is not feasible to even drip the power for a millisecond. The data should keep on transferring. The service provider takes care of the power backup plans and would have uninterrupted power supply in place as part of quality service.
• Data backup: Periodical data backup and recovery of necessary data is part of the value added services that are offered to those who outsource server management.
• Hackers: There are many types of hackers, the legitimate white hat hackers and the cruel black hat hackers. Access to the black hat hackers is denied by installation of very strong firewalls and upgrading of the firewalls periodically.
• Theft: The physical theft of the server racks are avoided by installation of proper security systems at the place of the outsourcer.
• Fire: The place should have contingency plans in a way that fire does not affect the server contents.
• Floods: In case of low-lying areas, even slight rains would raise a few inches of water. Therefore, protection to such natural forces should be given by the colocation provider as part of the agreement.