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Storage User Blackout Diary: Research firm rethinks shutdown process

Kevin Komiega

What would you do differently next time? Are you making any adjustments to your DR/BC plans as a result of the outage?
I would have an automatic shut down set up for the servers if they go to UPS power, so if it happens in the middle of the night, they would still shut down correctly.

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What was your initial reaction when the power went out? Where were you when it happened?
I was outside the server room making copies. My initial reaction was to get our network administrator and begin bringing down the servers. How did your company fare during the power outage? Were your systems impacted? Did you experience any data loss?
We experienced no data loss. Our servers stayed up and running on UPS and we were able to effectively shut them down correctly. Did you have a disaster recovery/business continuity plan in place? If so, did it work as planned?
Everything went as planned. The network administrator knew what to do in the case of power outage -- and he did it. Does your company test its DR/BC plans for events like blackouts?
No.


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