The game changes and there are new rules. It's like golf, where it's a game of inches and it turns out that all of your clubs are metric. The thing about protecting yourself is that you can never predict what's going to happen next. When Sept. 11 happened, we thought we saw the worst of humanity and the toll it took on our happy little world of IT. Thankfully, most of the organizations directly affected were able to failover exactly as planned. The problem was that they didn't think about some of the little things -- like phones or a desk where people could use their phones. Some smaller shops found they could withstand a power outage; however, they forgot that without power, air conditioning doesn't work and without air conditioning computers melt down. After Sept. 11 everyone talked about disaster recovery (DR). Nobody did anything about it (well, except for the people that had already done something about it), but it sure was talked about. For a while, the government stuck its finger in and rounded up the Securities and Exchange Commission and a bunch of Wall Street muckety-mucks to have them come up with a plan to extend the geographic distance required for financial DR. But the "consortium" turned into a big waste of time, with everyone lobbying for the wrong things, for the wrong reasons, as business people and politicians tend to do.
Join us in the wild and whacky world that is Steve Duplessie's view on storage. Each month we'll add a new Steve Duplessie blog that will not only keep you up to date with the fast-paced storage market , but entertain you as well. This column by Mr. Duplessie first appeared in Storage magazine's November 2005 issue. About the author:
Steve Duplessie is the founder and senior analyst for Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.