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Putting disaster recovery into action when revellers strike


"Infrastructure managers are no strangers to worrying about disaster. Preparing for eventualities such as fires, floods and power cuts goes with the territory.

Most, however, don't spend too much time thinking about protecting their servers from drunken revellers. So when Jon Helgason, IT manager for Icelandic software development and IT management specialist Midverk, left the building one Friday evening last winter just as a party was livening up in one of the other offices in the building, he never suspected that just a few hours later this Nordic knees-up would put his business perilously close to the point of collapse.

Helgason was rudely awakened by a call from building security at 5am the following morning. They informed him the company’s servers had been without power for almost two hours. Helgason was more than a little confused. He’d planned for power failures, of course, and his uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) should have kicked in after 10 minutes.”


NCC Weekly News Update 10 February 2014



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