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This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 2 April 2005 issue of How to scale up with storage clusters
I owe everyone a bit of an apology. Each month I have this forum to rant and rave about what users and vendors should do--and, of course, I'm always right. But I often forget to mention some of the details I either didn't think about or that I thought you knew. I'm going to try to stop doing that. For example, I've been yapping at you for years about disaster recovery. You think you can't afford it. You think you can't manage it. But you're wrong. You can't afford not to do it. Case in point: An IT manager from a "small" shop (a $6 billion hedge fund, but a small IT shop--go figure) told a very interesting story at a meeting I recently attended. His company had smartly invested in what it thought was "good enough" disaster recovery--some clustering and a giant uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system. One day, the entire building lost power and the UPS system kicked in exactly the way it was supposed to. All of the company's systems that needed to be up, stayed up. The UPS was designed to handle an outage for up to eight hours. Awesome, except that an hour ... Access >>>
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