Yesterday the city of Louisville suffered a freak thunderstorm that dumped half a foot of rain in an hour and a quarter. Their library has been devastated, to the tune of a million-plus dollars in damage.
As a proud member of The Library Society of the World (and I have the Cod of Ethics to prove it!), I ask anyone who is able to throw a few bucks their way. I trust Steve Lawson to do as he says he’ll do.
The library’s data center and systems office were on its ground floor. If you watch Greg Schwartz’s Twitterstream you can keep up with the recovery efforts. For my purposes, though, I want you to think very hard for a moment about your data, keeping the Louisville Free Public Library’s experience in mind.
- Where are your data? Do you have them on your hard drive? Are they on a departmental or campus server? Where is that? What natural or manmade disasters is it vulnerable to?
- Geographically-dispersed backups, do you have them?
- If you’re relying on a third-party service, has it promised you anything about reliability, or the ability to get your data back out?
These are basic, basic questions, folks. If you can’t answer them appropriately for your most important data, call in an expert yesterday to get the problem fixed. (Nota bene: graduate students are not experts.)