I came across this story “5 Keys to Virtualizing Disaster Recovery” http://www.insurancetech.com/architecture-infrastructure/5-keys-to-virtualizing-disaster-recovery/240164955
On the weekend of Oct. 26, 2012 — just before Hurricane Sandy was predicted to make landfall in the Northeast — SunGard Availability Services received 342 notices from customer companies across all industries that anticipated disaster situations.
“It was about the same magnitude as 9/11,” says Michael de la Torre, VP of product management, recovery services at SunGard, of the number of pre-disaster notifications.
What has changed since 9/11 is the expanded access to hosted availability services, widespread IT virtualization, and cloud-based storage, all of which are giving insurers more flexibility to plan for a disaster, protect critical data, and respond to business interruption.
Of the 342 pre-Sandy alerts SunGard received, 117 became actual disaster declarations. Despite office blackouts and flooding, these businesses continued to run because each had developed a disaster recovery plan with SunGard, which provides software and processing solutions, managed IT services, information-availability consulting services, and business continuity managed software. Their data and systems were readily available so their employees could work through the hurricane at home, in a SunGard facility, or in mobile recovery units, which SunGard offers to accommodate workers displaced by catastrophes
Wow I thought when I read this, that’s amazing 342 alerts before Sandy, that shows companies are really taking Disaster Recovery and Continuity Planning seriously – NOT!
Pre-Sandy I was still amazed at how many companies did not want to have a portable generator plan in place or a temporary heating plan in place (you knew it was going to be cold outside after the storm). We fielded hundreds of calls about getting generators only to be met with “that’s too much money, well wait till after the storm and see if we lose power”. After a storm any storm large snow storm, NorEaster, ice storms, tropical or hurricane there are literally thousands of people ringing our phones to rent generators. Generators are rented first come first serve unless you call quickly the local supply will be exhausted and the freight to bring equipment in from other locations maybe more expensive then the rental itself!
This is why at Paratus Rentals we have taken a different approach to Disaster Recovery and that is pre-disaster recovery with Business Interruption Planning – we have rental generators, rental power cables, rental heaters, rental air conditioners and rental chillers that can be reserved and held for you before the storm hits for a fraction of the cost of ownership.