William H. Magill on 1 Nov 2005 15:54:55 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] RAID Backup Server

On 01 Nov, 2005, at 08:50, Pat Regan intoned:
I don't think the odds are high that all your machines will suffer a
failure at the same time unless there is a natural disaster. I will bet
that in your case, the last thing you will be worrying about is those 8
machines :).

Natural disasters ARE an issue.

Their probability was completely discounted by virtually everyone.

(Except those entities with Federal Regulations requiring that they
have some detailed "disaster recovery" plan in place, primarily any
financial entity under control of the Comptroller of the Currency or
National Credit Union Administration.)

But, in the wake of this year's hurricanes in the south, the issue is
much more visible.

One must make the evaluation based on your own unique situation.

The news media has focused on the impact on "large corporations" and how
quickly they have recovered. However, there are undoubtedly many small and
medium sized businesses which are going to be starting over from the
beginning ... if they start over at all.

T.T.F.N. William H. Magill # Beige G3 [Rev A motherboard - 300 MHz 768 Meg] OS X 10.2.8 # Flat-panel iMac (2.1) [800MHz - Super Drive - 768 Meg] OS X 10.4.1 # PWS433a [Alpha 21164 Rev 7.2 (EV56)- 64 Meg] Tru64 5.1a # XP1000 [Alpha 21264-3 (EV6) - 256 meg] FreeBSD 5.3 # XP1000 [Alpha 21264-A (EV 6.7) - 384 meg] FreeBSD 5.3 magill@mcgillsociety.org magill@acm.org magill@mac.com whmagill@gmail.com

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