COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 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 â€śbacking upâ€ť all the data produced by the countyâ€™s various departments.
Becher also presented the less feasible option of the county going to â€śoff-site backup.â€ť
Becher told the board that sending the countyâ€™s computer data to an off-site storage facility in California could cost as much as $13,000 each year.
He said having the countyâ€™s data in such a facility would be for â€śdisaster recovery.â€ť
â€śOff-site backups are a good idea, donâ€™t get me wrong,â€ť Becher said, â€śbut this is all a gamble. Itâ€™s kind of an insurance policy.â€ť
Becherâ€™s plan calls for a large server or hard drive to be placed in the basement of the jail where all the countyâ€™s 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.
â€śThe jail would have to burn to the ground and flood,â€ť he said, adding that with a second backup server in the government center, â€śAll three places would have to burn to the ground and flood.â€ť
Becher said losing the servers would not necessarily constitute losing the countyâ€™s 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 countyâ€™s data to an off-site facility would also be a problem because of the countyâ€™s current slow Internet speed.
â€śWe would never get our data off-site in a 100 million years,â€ť he said.
The council took the issue under advisement.