A friend of mine sent me an article from LifeHacker about the JournalSpace website being wiped out at the beginning of January, 2009. Jeff Fitzpatrick’s blurb, Hard Lessons in the Importance of Backups: JournalSpace Wiped Out, talks briefly about what happened, and reminds us all to backup our data.
But, what happened to JournalSpace is more than just a failure to backup data – it’s a perfect example of misunderstanding disaster recovery – or DR, for short. Good IT people will tell you, it’s not just about doing backups. Although that’s a big part, it’s really about knowing how to recover from whatever catastrophic event – the disaster – and what tools you will use to help you. In this article, I want to talk about a few of the ways you can protect your data, and some scenarios where they are good and bad. Continue reading Misunderstanding Disaster Recovery Can Be Disastrous