Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery news, trends, analysis and practical advice

Because what could possibly go wrong?

Pilot fish is dispatched to a big, highly automated warehouse to install a new server, and everything is going fine when suddenly the lights blink and the UPS takes over. Fish's first thought: What did I do?

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Price tag for troubled SAP project will skyrocket to nearly $1 billion, audit says

An 'overly ambitious design' and poor training are cited as reasons for the mess at a New York gas utility.

Disaster. Recovery. Just like the name says...

It's time for this insurance company's big annual disaster recovery test, and because this pilot fish has some configuration changes to make, he heads to the colocation data center a few days early. Think that'll help?

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New data center protects against solar storms and nuclear EMPs

A new 2,000-sq.-ft. data center in Pennsylvania was designed to protect against an electromagnetic pulse, either from a solar storm or a nuclear event.

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Strong solar storm won't fry electronics

Back-to-back solar flares, including one that received the highest classification of "X-Class," are striking the earth. U.S. scientists say electronics shouldn't be hurt, but there could be some GPS issues.

The InfoWorld guide to disaster recovery done right

This comprehensive guide walks you through every step you'll need to take to preserve your data before disaster strikes.

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Grant Thornton connects workforce with cloud collaboration tools

Will create online tool for up to 39,000 staff

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In earthquakes, alerts may turn machines into action heroes

Earthquake early warning systems integrated into schools, offices and other buildings could save lives and give rise to a whole new industry.

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In Napa quake, power surges led to PC damage

The 6.0 earthquake in Napa County, Calif. caused power surges that may have led to much of the damage to computers in homes and small businesses.

The beginner's guide to Docker

Dig into Docker, the red-hot open source framework, from getting started to services you can use right now to the company's direction, in this downloadable PDF

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IT outages are an ongoing problem for the U.S government

Fully 70% of federal agencies experienced downtime of 30 minutes or more in a recent one-month period.

Azure services down again

Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, wobbly for more than a week, is again experiencing outages and interruptions that are impacting multiple products in the U.S. and abroad.

Azure cloud services have a rough week

Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform suffered a series of outages and service disruptions in the past week that affected several products and impacted customers in various parts of the world.

Internet outages expected to abate as routers are modified, rebooted

A flood of updates to databases inside Internet routers caused intermittent outages on Wednesday and connectivity issues for companies, but experts expect the long-forecasted hiccup to be resolved soon.

How not to save money, Christmas-in-August edition

It's the late 1980s, and this pilot fish works for a university in the southern U.S. in the computer center, which is located in the basement of a 16-story building. "The university closed for two weeks every year for the...

Sounds like a blueprint for disaster, all right

Pilot fish is the sole IT staffer for this 400-user organization, and it's turning out to be almost impossible to improve the situation left behind by her somewhat underqualified predecessor. Case in point: disaster planning....

How to Survive 4 Cloud Horror Stories

Horror stories don't just happen at the movie theater. In a few cases, companies make a big play to use the wrong cloud application or experience widespread outages in their connection to cloud storage.

Facebook back up after crash

Facebook said its website is back up after suffering a widespread outage for nearly two hours today.

No good deed goes unpunish-- Oh wait, never mind!

It's shortly after Y2k, and this pilot fish is part of a small IT group at a big multinational company. "The data center I supported was in the top floor of a multistory building near the airport," says fish. "I was put on a team...

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