Everyone has heard horror stories about the spirits of the dead lingering in this world. Every culture on this planet has different beliefs about the nature of these spectral beings. Not much is known about these beings, but people still believe without a doubt that they exist. In the world of technology, ghosts do exist, in the form of ghost servers.
As more and more companies move their servers to the cloud, they are leaving behind the carcasses of their old servers. These become “ghost servers,” which are classified as unused or underutilized servers. Some companies allow these servers to continue to running in the background, and if your company isn’t careful, it could waste a lot of money by operating an underutilized server. This practice is counterproductive and dangerous to your company.
One such IT horror story occurred in 2006 when someone hacked into the alumni database of Ohio University and could have potentially stolen 137,800 Social Security numbers. Nobody knew this server was still active so no security patches were issued to it. This allowed hackers to compromise it and steal this valuable information. Of course, the question must be asked: how was the IT staff of Ohio University unaware that this server was still plugged in and active?
The first step toward exorcising your network is to identify these ghost servers. If you recently relocated, or have moved to the cloud, you likely have ghost servers operating somewhere. The best way to locate them is to keep track of what your company is using, and where it is using it. Keep an inventory of all your systems and servers in place, and what they are being used for. If you’ve lost track of what device performs what action on your network, reach out to us to get a network assessment to map your entire network and organize it once and for all.
Of course, all businesses should be doing this, but sometimes companies run out of funds for an IT staff or they lack the resources to track these specters. Outsourcing your IT needs can help with this problem. Outsourced IT services from Quikteks can cut down on your IT costs, and you can use the dollars saved to hire marketing or sales staff to make your company more money.
We Mourn For Your Loss
Even when you find the ghost servers, there are specific steps you must take to ensure that they cannot be accessed by anyone. First, you must determine if these steps are necessary. If they are, you should consider virtualizing the server to save time and money. Quikteks can assist you with virtualizing your server, but if you opt to let us host your data, we’ll monitor the system for you and you won’t have to worry about ghosts haunting your servers again.
If you find that you no longer need the server it’s time to say goodbye to it. Let it move on and into the afterlife. Cut the cord (not literally) and separate it from its power supply, wipe the drives clean of any information that hackers could access, and stick it in a coffin for burial. Only after the server has been completely disconnected from the network, wiped clean, and removed from its location may it finally rest in peace.
If you need assistance laying your unused servers to rest, Quikteks can be there to help you lower the casket into its silicone grave. We can host your data for you, and you’ll never be haunted by it again. We’ll also monitor your system and make sure that there is no unnatural presence lurking its shadows. Call (973) 882-4644 today and we’ll ensure you don’t get spooked!