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FCE LTER Information Management System (IMS) Overview

FCE IMS Server/Workstation Security and Data Protection

All FCE physical servers and workstations undergo continual updates and patches to their operating systems and have dynamic firewalls. Database and flat file integrity are maintained through access passwords and user privileges and roles. The physical servers housing the FCE Oracle 12c database and the FCE Website structure documents and website related files are equipped with RAID5 technology (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). The FCE IMS implements 3 levels of data protection 1) nightly incremental backups to external drives and 2) weekly full backups to two sets external hard drives with one set being stored offsite and 3) nightly syncs of production virtual servers to identical off-site virtual servers (Figure 1). The FCE IMS will be adding another level of disaster recovery protection to their current plan once the information migration to the virtual servers are complete. The Oracle 12c, FCE Web and FCE FTP virtual servers housed locally at FIU will be backed up to identical virtual servers residing at the Northwest Florida Regional Data Center (NWRDC) located roughly 400 miles away on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. This 'off-site' disaster recovery plan will allow the FCE website to be fully protected throughout disaster events such as hardware failures and hurricanes.

FCE Data Protection Plan Schematic
Figure 1: FCE Data Protection Plan




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