Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery news, trends, analysis and practical advice

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Now THAT'S a generator test!

This rural county government doesn't have a lot of money for spare equipment -- which means funding for an emergency generator for the data center has some strings attached.

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Facebook crashes for 2nd time in a week

Facebook crashed again on Monday, the second time in less than a week and the third time in three weeks

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6 disaster recovery do’s and don’ts from Hurricane Katrina survivors

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, take the advice of these Louisiana IT leaders, who learned lessons the hard way about safeguarding infrastructure and equipment.

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Tianjin explosion shuts down Chinese supercomputer

The deadly explosion that rocked the Chinese city of Tianjin has caused the country to shut down a nearby supercomputer, also one of the fastest in the world.

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Hardware issue blamed for wireless and Internet outage in Southeast

A cell phone and Internet outage Tuesday in several Southeastern states was caused by a hardware problem, AT&T reported.

IT Rule #17: Any computer is ALWAYS about to break

Pilot fish has to field this user's complaint after his laptop's hard drive dies. It seems he can't re-install the operating system because the serial number is illegible -- and the IT support staff isn't sufficiently helpful.

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United Airlines flights resume after 'network connectivity' issues resolved

United Airlines passengers faced major travel delays today after the carrier suspended all U.S. flights due to computer problems.

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Microsoft streamlines hybrid cloud operations with new tools

Workloads moved to the cloud must be managed properly, so Microsoft has released new tools to help system administrators bridge their in-house data centers with Azure services.

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8 backup and security tips for frequent fliers

kicker: Do your data security plans include recovery contingencies for when you’re traveling?

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US visa system back online after major outage

The U.S. Department of State is back in the business of issuing visas after a computer system failure halted work at consulates worldwide and inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of travelers.

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Business continuity and disaster recovery planning: The basics

Good business continuity plans will keep your company up and running through interruptions of any kind: power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems and more.

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Disaster recovery planning begins at the desktop

Many organizations have spent large amounts of time and money developing complex disaster recovery plans. Despite all of that planning, an organization can easily be disrupted by the loss of a single key PC or server, a problem most...

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Starbucks hit by major computer failure

Starbucks suffered a major computer system failure late Friday that took down its sales systems at stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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Bloomberg blames 'faulty hardware' for data terminal outage

Bloomberg blamed a "combination of hardware and software failures" for a two-hour outage affecting users of its popular data and messaging terminals.

Transforming robot gets stuck in Fukushima nuclear reactor

Designed to survey the meltdown, the machine completed two-thirds of its planned route

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Building IT for worst-case scenarios

The World Bank overhauls IT so it's better prepared to do business in global hotspots where war, disease and poverty may be among the challenges of everyday life.

Disaster-response robot 'Octopus' debuts in Japan

Japan aims 'Octopus' robot at nuclear disasters

Rubble-climbing, path-clearing, four-armed, four-tracked 'bot designed to help during disasters like the Fukushima plant meltdown that beat 'disaster' robots unable to deal with harsh conditions.

Sensor tech makes predicting the future easier to do

We no longer need seers, oracles and psychics to tell us about the future. The declining cost of sensor technology and the availability of cloud-based analytical platforms is making predictive analytics accessible to every industry...

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