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February 28, 2014  7:00 PM

On the Quest for the Mysterious Source of the ‘Data Loss Causes Company Failure’ Statistic

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
backups, disaster recovery

Oh, no! The file/data/disk is gone! How many times have you find yourself saying that? It’s a comfort to feel you’re not alone, which is why so many people like to seize on statistics like these from the Boston...

February 17, 2014  6:30 PM

Another Iron Mountain Fire Points Up Shortcomings of Physical Storage

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
disaster recovery, fire

If you needed any more persuasion that it was a good time to move away from physical storage of records, here it is: Nine first responders were killed and 12 others injured...

December 29, 2013  11:49 PM

Forget Data Preservation. Let’s Blow &(*&(*& Up

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
data preservation, disaster recovery, privacy, recovery

Typically this blog focuses on the intricacies of preserving data, including backups and disaster recovery. However, this time we're going to talk about destroying it -- or, in other words, blowing *&(*&(& up.

The topic has been alluded to before, most recently in the context...

October 31, 2013  7:29 PM

A Year After Hurricane Sandy, What Has IT Learned?

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
data center, disaster recovery

Where were you a year ago? If you were on the East Coast, chances are you were dealing with Hurricane Sandy, a storm that was unprecedented not so much for its size and damage but for the way it seemed to target New York data centers. As we come up on the anniversary, what have we learned?

September 27, 2013  4:19 PM

Customers Who Used Nirvanix for Disaster Recovery Facing Their Own Disaster

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
disaster recovery, nirvanix

You may recall Nirvanix as the company that would send out a press release after each natural disaster, urging people to come use its service. Well,...

August 22, 2013  10:36 PM

Preparing for Your Next Disaster: the Sun’s Magnetic Flip

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
disaster recovery

Time to get out your Disaster Recovery binder. Skip past the sections on “Earthquakes,” “

July 31, 2013  10:47 PM

Storage Upgrade Takes State of Oregon Offline for a Day

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
data center, digital government, disaster recovery, hitachi

A large number of Oregonians looking for state services -- including 63,000 unemployed people expecting checks for a total of $18 million in benefits -- were left high and dry for a day recently due to problems with a Hitachi storage upgrade. Hitachi contractors were doing what was supposed to...

April 12, 2013  1:36 PM

Sure! Let’s Build a New Data Center Below Sea Level!

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
data sovereignty, disaster recovery, earthquake, fire

You'd think that, when planning a new data center, "Not Underwater" would be a primary criterion, but apparently that's not true. At least, that's the observation

November 1, 2012  10:00 AM

Sandy Tests Data Centers’ Disaster Recovery Skills

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
amazon, cloud, disaster recovery

Though there have been a number of data center outages associated with the Sandy megastorm, and it's not over yet, what may be most surprising is how little disruption it actually caused -- particularly in comparison to the

September 27, 2012  11:11 AM

3 Things the New York Times Data Center Story Left Out

Posted by: Sharon Fisher
amazon, cloud computing, cloud storage, data center, data storage, disaster recovery, facebook, flash drives, google, open compute, solid-state, ssd, vmware

Certainly this won't be the only blog post calling New York Times writer James Glanz to task for his features on

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