• Subject: Re: Thank you for the WakeUp Call
  • From: "R. Bruce Hoffman, Jr." <rbruceh@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 10:11:02 -0400

Well said.

And as I said before, if Al can mention TAA tools in direct response, then
Peter's comments could only be marginally considered as an ad.

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From: Larryt222@aol.com <Larryt222@aol.com>
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com <MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com>
Date: Friday, October 15, 1999 9:27 AM
Subject: Thank you for the WakeUp Call


>I am on the Gulf Coast of Fl and we were very worried about hurricane Floyd
>and other storms after that.  Now there is another possible hurricane off
>Cuba.  Peters' comments on what happened in SC, NC and NJ made all of us,
>wake up!  We have multiple 400s and like all people tend to get complacent
>when it comes to DR planning.  Yes, we had a plan before!  But after
reading
>Peter's comments about the 100s of companies that had to go to hot site, it
>made us stop and think.  He was 100% correct when he talked about DR
>planning.  10 months before Floyd we did an option 21 and took off to the
>hotsite.  Everyone knew when the hotsite test was.  We believed that an
>option 21 was the best method of saving for a test.  What did the restore
of
>option 21 prove?   It only proved that an option 21 will work with the
>exception of the file dependencies  because we read the backup and recovery
>guide.  But nothing else in the plan was tested.  Did it prove that if a
>disaster were to happen, would we be able to recover in time and correctly?
>NO!!!!!!  It did NOT really test our DR plan at all, it just tested
restoring
>from an option 21!!!  However, Peter pointed out and rather dramatically
that
>we were all WET in our thinking.  He is correct!  How often does a disaster
>happen after an option 21,  99.9999% never.  Our next test a week ago was
>announced, the only one knowing that we are going to a hotsite was the
>hotsite itself and the company president.  We went to the test totally
>UNANNOUNCED to my staff and we did NOT be just do an option 21.  The test
>took place in the middle of the week so test included our daily saves also.
>This way we gave the DR plan a real test.  And guess what, we found holes
in
>the plan that we never new were there.  Now we made changes to our plan
based
>on those holes that were found and just in time for this next Hurricane off
>the Keys.
>
>When you get a chance, read the article in Midrange  systems on 9/30/99
>dealing with DR planning.  This goes along with what he was saying.  THANK
>YOU Peter  O'Connor for helping our company.
>
>One of the guys here first showed me Peter's comment.  My ops manager and I
>have been reading some of the responses to Peter's original mail before
>Common.  I think a lot of you are missing the point of this news group.
That
>is to LEARN.  If you wanted to know something about building a house, would
>you want suggestions from a French teacher?  No, you would want suggestions
>from a contractor, carpenter.  Peter might be in the software business and
>his web site might have information on DR and I do not care.  I do care
that
>he is willing to give away free information.  I firmly believe that Peter
was
>NOT trying to sell his software or his web site.  He never mentioned his
>software what or what his business does.  He only gave up good
>information!!!!  If we cannot take suggestions from people that have a
>particular expertise,  we are in trouble.  If we cannot use the wisdom of
>some then we cannot let Bob Cozi have anything to say about RPGIII since he
>is in that business; Al, Dean, and Bruce cannot say anything on the 400
since
>they are in the consulting business.  And God forbid if Al ever mentions
>TAATools, we will have to condemn him to take a cold shower.  My feeling is
>that if a person can give us constructive information and guidance for
FREE,
>we should take it.  My 2nd DR test proved more valuable because of Peter's
>comments.
>
>Larry T. Howell
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