Archive for the "This Is Not A Test" Category

How The Loma Prieta Earthquake Pushed Me Into The Disaster Recovery Business…And Others Out Of Business

A quarter century ago, I got into the disaster recovery business by accident. I was walking through my company’s loading dock and found a huge fireproof safe containing Reel-to-reel backup tapes of all of the software that we developed and sold to our customers, along with our accounting records. Less than a year after I opened my mouth about those tapes sitting on the loading dock, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck and the rest is history.

When The Fire Alarm Goes Off…

A fire alarm roused 1,800 people staying at two Sheraton hotels. Do you have a plan if you need to evacuate your hotel room? I do and here is what it is.

Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

During and after Superstorm Sandy, power and communications were out. Weeks later, power is still out for tens of thousands and some buildings will be uninhabitable for months due to contamination. Cellphone carriers successfully fought the FCC on installing backup power and Netflix reported that viewership doubled on the East Coast. If your organization had a work-from-home disaster recovery plan, did it work?

Why Your iPhone Could Make Your Disaster Worse

My iPhone 4 wanted to be connected to iTunes and was a brick for four days until I could make it to an Apple store. Why carry a phone that can't even be a phone without being plugged into a computer first?

When Is A Backup Not A Backup?

Even though his data was in the cloud and on multiple machines, Matt Honan lost a year's worth of photos, emails, documents, and who knows what else. The lesson? Back up to disk, tape, or something else and lock it away.

What To Do In An Active Shooter Situation? Part 1

Although it makes people uncomfortable to discuss, you should understand what to do if you are involved in an active shooter situation. This will be a series and the first post points you to an online training course that your entire family can take to help you understand your options if you find yourself in the middle of an active shooter situation.

I Got Burned And So Can You!

On Saturday, February 20th at approximately 2:20 p.m. Mountain Time, the shared server that my Internet domain is on experienced a hardware failure as a result of an annual fire system inspection at WestHost’s Data Center (DC). An inadvertent release of Inergen (a fire suppression product) was triggered by an actuator that was not removed […]

An Untested Plan Is Worse Than No Plan At All

TATA's London Data Center lost power, a customer had to tell them, and the UPS batteries were depleted because the 3 generators failed to start. Oh, and once the batteries died, so did their phones.

A Sidekick In The Pants – The Final Countdown?

Microsoft said Thursday that it believes it has recovered most of the Sidekick data that it initially feared might have been permanently lost. I am guessing that they located an older offline backup and are working on restoring it and applying any changes made to user data after the backup was made. This means that […]

A Sidekick In The Pants – Part 2

Thousands to tens of thousands of T-Mobile Sidekick customers may have lost all of their data. Here are some more thoughts on data protection.