Why Every Company No Matter How Small Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

By | March 10, 2021
OVHcloud SBG1 is destroyed

No, you can’t just “host it in the cloud” and call that your Disaster Recovery plan. That’s the start of your disaster.

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Fly-by-night AGILE shops (okay, fly-by-night and AGILE is saying the same thing twice) always want to believe

Security is the other guy’s problem.

AGILE and Web company shops

They want to hire a group of low wage developers to badly connect a bunch of existing services then sit back and collect the money. They tend to ignore the fact that when their customer data is exposed due to a breach in/at/because of one of these services they are the ones liable, not the service. Likewise they completely ignore the problem of total data center loss. Every real company has to both file and test a Disaster Recovery Plan and for most real companies that centers around complete data center loss.

More than a decade ago Amazon had a grid power spike that fried a complete row of servers in their data center. There were nowhere near enough replacement servers on hand nor was there extra capacity in their data center. Businesses were off-line for weeks while the supplier made more boards/racks/whatever. Some number of them went under.

Saying “Oh, it’s Amazon’s problem” means you go out of business.


I’m sure there have been others that I haven’t ranted about. Why? Because data center disasters happen quite often. Who had a major data center in Texas during the recent massive power outage? I bet you only had several hours worth of fuel for your standby generators didn’t you? I bet that stuff was all froze up because you had it outside in the snow and ice. If it was diesel you probably didn’t bother adding anti-gel or Number One so what you had was a big tank of sticky goo, not diesel.

You can read about this data center catastrophe here.

Honestly I don’t know how you have a fire like that in a civilized country with building codes. Most computer rooms I’ve been in had halon systems.

It will be interesting to see just how many DOT-BOMB companies go belly up from this outage. I’m positive they were making backups the cloud provider’s problem too. Stupid people aren’t half lazy, they are completely lazy. When you are hacking on the fly for your code you don’t really plan.

Real companies not only backup to removable media, be it tape or disk, they send it off-site just for situations like this. I’m willing to wager an entire case of Diet Dew that this place was probably keeping them in the same building or another building on the same site. Why would I think that? Because that’s how mega data centers roll. Real companies write into the hosting contracts backups must be sent off-site, not just kept in another room or building on the same site. Why? Because a tornado, fire, flood, massive grid outage, other natural or terrorist disaster is generally going to screw up more than one building.

The dirty little secret everybody found out with the Amazon outage all those years ago was you can’t get to your data. That was just from a grid power problem that fried all the boards. Just how much data are you going to salvage when multiple buildings have fire damage?

Here is yet another post on clouds. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome each time.

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Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.