LAYTON -- City officials have approved a unique partnership with Brigham City in an effort to make sure they are prepared to deal with any potential crisis, including the loss of computers and data at City Hall.
In action taken Thursday night, the city council approved an interlocal agreement with Brigham City to jointly use each other's data facilities to provide a backup in case of natural or manmade disaster cause their existing computers and databases to go down.
The unique backup approach will be facilitated by a fiber connection from UTOPIA, which will cost each city $50 a month. Both cities are members of the fiber-to-the-home network system.
Neither city will charge the other for storage of servers or backup equipment off-site. Access to the equipment will be restricted.
"We'll have a little bit of our equipment up there, and they can have a little bit of their equipment down here. We can transfer at light speed. UTOPIA provides a perfect solution for that (backup)," Jim Mason, assistant city manager, said of the arrangement.
Mason said officials had been looking at costs of up to $1,400 a month to provide an offsite backup, before moving to partner with Brigham City.