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.
Figure 1: FCE Data Protection Plan