• Subject: RE: Pandemonium at Hot-sites
  • From: Kirk Goins <KirkG@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 14:53:34 -0700

PLAN PLAN PLAN DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT

and 

TEST TEST TEST RE-DOCUMENT until ANYONE can manage/do the DR
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Kirk Goins
Pacific Information Systems
503-290-2104
kirkg@pacinfosys.com
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter H. O'Connor [SMTP:PHOC@compuserve.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 1999 1:53 PM
> To:   MIDRANGE-L@MIDRANGE.COM
> Subject:      Pandemonium at Hot-sites
> 
> Hundreds of companies were forced to go to Hot-Sites by Hurricane
> Floyd. 
> Now, they had to recover their systems.  Unfortunately, 85% of these
> companies had a 2nd disaster at the Hot-site; their systems were not
> rebuild correctly.  Most companies (75% of the 85%) did NOT know that
> they
> had a problem until users notified them or things did not work.
> Disaster
> Recovery plans went up in smoke.  Pandemonium was every where. Hours
> of
> wasted Time and Money!   Raid/Mirroring etc. did not help at all.  It
> only
> proves that even if you have mirroring or raid you are not 100% safe!
> 
> Many companies have/had a false sense of security because of mirroring
> and
> raid.  Ask some of the companies in SC, NC and NJ.  
> 
> Disaster Recovery Planning is mandatory.  Companies that go to a
> Hot-site
> for testing after doing an option 21 are only fooling themselves.
> That is
> NOT a way to test.    How many of these 100s AS/400s just had an
> option21
> before going to a hot-site?  A true D/R test should be unannounced.  A
> D/R
> plan should be tested as if a real disaster happened.  When you are in
> a
> row boat is NOT the time to asking yourself if you have all the
> material
> need for the hot-site!   Start planning.  Learn from others mistakes.
> Some
> day it might happen to your company.  Start thinking about a plan,
> testing
> a plan now!
> 
> Peter H. O'Connor
> PAE Inc.
> 978-744-8612
> www.paeinc.com
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