Every MIS or network administrator has a horror story
to tell about backing up and restoring systems or data.
One organization, where we now manage more than a dozen
backup servers, has data processing centers spread all over
the United States, and all are inter-connected via a large private
wide area network. In mid-1999, a valuable remote
Microsoft SQL Server machine just dropped dead. The IT
doctor said it had died of exhaustion . . . five years of faithful
service and never a day’s vacation. After trying everything
to revive it, we instructed the data center’s staff to ship the
server back to HQ for repairs....