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October 31, 2012



Hi Chuck,

Great article and people would be terrified if they knew the total LACK of DR/BC that most companies have.

I have worked in IT at companies in the healthcare, banking, and telecom industries. I sadly can say that in all of them (except banking) they have detailed DR/BC PLANS but no real DR. The upper management of these companies live in a fantasy world that believes that in the event of a disaster a fleet of trucks from IBM, HP, Dell, HDS,& EMC will magically appear with servers and storage arrays and in a couple of days this gear will be delivered and set up and then PETABYTES of data will magically be restored in a day or so and less than a week after a disaster they will be back in business.

The only company that I worked at that had real DR/BC was at a very large bank that I worked and that was because the Feds demanded that they have it.


Isn't this simply the truth? When you look at the scope of the geography that Sally encompassed, the frequency of recent Hurricanes, and other catastrophic events (earthquakes, snow storms, tsunamis, floods, tornadoes, and terrorism, etc), it's a fiduciary responsibility to protect the stock holders and company's assets. It's not that it won't happen - It's a question of When.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    Chief Strategist, VMware Storage and Availability Business Unit

    Chuck works for VMware, and is deeply embroiled in all things software-defined storage these days.

    Previously, he was with EMC for 18 years, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Holliston, MA with his wife, three kids and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.
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