If there's one constant in an analyst's life, it's travel. When you travel as much as we do, you begin to become very familiar with airports. I make it a habit to observe the IT equipment in every airport (terminal consoles, wireless access points, etc) because I like to get a sense of what the airport IT department is dealing with and how up to date they are. You can tell a lot about the airport based on their IT infrastructure.
Well, the other day I was walking through a well-known airport (I won't say which one), and I snapped a picture of what is probably one of the worst IT blunders I've ever seen. But the really funny part is the picture is -- in a microcosm -- the way we all think of IT high availability. Here's the pic:
So yes, that is a server rack, full of running IT equipment (red circle), in the public exit pathway, with no security guard in sight (green circle)....and an "unplug" sign in the background (yellow circle). Too funny!
Got me to thinking...
Isn't this the way we treat HA/DR in many of the data centers today? We put the IT equipment in a risky situation, accessible to lots of people (usually via a network), with no security measures in place, and signs that tell you exactly how to bring it down.
HA/DR should not be an afterthought. As Richard Jones (our service director) would say "Executive management must take fiduciary responsibility for HA and DR. It must be driven from the top, practiced, and reviewed on a regular basis".
Remember, you can chat with Richard, myself, Chris Wolf, or Nik Simpson regarding HA/DR, virtualization, cloud computing, data center cost initiatives at Catalyst Europe in Prague April 19th -22nd. The promotion code for the early bird registration price of €995 is "INSIDER".
[posted by: Drue Reeves]