Welcome to the CUBE Blog. In the coming weeks and months you will begin to see a rather eclectic collection of articles in this space. The posts will cover a gamut of subjects including records management, information security, physical and digital archiving, data backup, business continuity and disaster recovery planning. On the surface this may seem to be a rather odd mixture of topics so a little explanation of this diversity is in order.
The thing that ties all these different subjects together is CUBE’s facility. Some years ago CUBE was in the business of offsite records storage, was running out of space and needed a new facility to handle the ever increasing volume of documents coming in. CUBE took the opportunity to build a facility that would provide the ultimate protection for its clients’ documents.
A lot of effort and thought went into the design of the facility. It was engineered to withstand anything that nature could throw at it from hurricane force winds to a 9.5 magnitude earthquake (and the ensuing tsunami).
It was equipped with a whole array of security features such as multifactor identification (key cards, pin numbers and biometrics), hundreds of motion detectors and vibration detectors, and extensive video surveillance to prevent anyone getting in that didn’t belong.
The building was outfitted with a sophisticated HVAC system to maintain stringent environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, and foreign particulates to protect the documents from degrading.
A wide range of redundancies were also built into the facility. Onsite backup power was provisioned so that all of the systems – HVAC, fire suppression, security cameras, alarms, etc would function even in the event of a week-long power outage. To keep the facility connected to the outside world multiple communication paths were connected including multi-path fibre, twisted pair copper, and high frequency wireless. This way even in the event of a major disaster the staff and systems at CUBE would continue to be well connected to the outside world. An onsite helicopter pad was included to be able to get people and supplies to and from the facility
Well as it turns out, the features that made CUBE a world-class facility for the secure storage of critical documents are identical to those that make for a world-class datacentre, so CUBE included a datacentre as part of the complex.
Additionally, those very same attributes also make the facility ideal for a disaster recovery centre where public and private sector organizations can go to resume critical business operations in the event of a disaster, even a large regional event like a major earthquake, so that was included as well.
The result is that after the design and construction of the facility, CUBE was delivering a much greater number of business services than it was before. In the 25 years since, we have acquired a lot of useful information related to these diverse business streams and have created this blog in an effort to share that knowledge. The result is you might have to sift through a bit more material to find what you are looking for but you also might find answers to questions you hadn’t actually thought of asking. We welcome your feedback and any suggestions for posts that you would like to see so please don’t hesitate to share these. And finally if there is a bit more information you need or you have a few questions that weren’t fully answered let us know and we would be happy to share what we can. You can connect with us through our website or through social media – FB, Twitter or LinkedIn.
The Staff at CUBE