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COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs 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 âbacking upâ all the data produced by the countyâs various departments.
Becher also presented the less feasible option of the county going to âoff-site backup.â
Becher told the board that sending the countyâs computer data to an off-site storage facility in California could cost as much as $13,000 each year.
He said having the countyâs data in such a facility would be for âdisaster recovery.â
âOff-site backups are a good idea, donât get me wrong,â Becher said, âbut this is all a gamble. Itâs kind of an insurance policy.â
Becherâs plan calls for a large server or hard drive to be placed in the basement of the jail where all the countyâs 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.
âThe jail would have to burn to the ground and flood,â he said, adding that with a second backup server in the government center, âAll three places would have to burn to the ground and flood.â
Becher said losing the servers would not necessarily constitute losing the countyâs 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 countyâs data to an off-site facility would also be a problem because of the countyâs current slow Internet speed.
âWe would never get our data off-site in a 100 million years,â he said.
The council took the issue under advisement.