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Who Turned Out The Lights? - Disaster Recovery Strategies

Posted by James McKenna on 10/22/14 11:00 AM


The post 9/11 years in New York were a breeding ground for DR solutions that few were even imagining in the years prior. There was a time when the worst case scenario was losing a drive in a RAID0, or two in a mirror. After 9/11 there were greater things to worry about, as we were reminded in August 2003 when the lights went out in NYC. We considered what would happen to the shows that we're delivering. Would we be able to continue production on those in the near future if the power didn't return? What if this was an attack, and we were vulnerable to this happening again? Luckily that event was not terrorist-related, and power was back in a couple days.

But the seeds were sown - I started to get requests for off-site storage, and started developing new multi-dup policies of all masters (all tape-based back then of course) and keeping them in a secure location outside the city. Once footage was digitized, standalone spinning disks, DVD-R and new LTO technology became a hot commodity.

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