1948 years ago in AD 63 an earthquake in southern Italy by the gulf of Naples seriously damaged the ancient city of Pompeii causing an undetermined number of deaths and spread out destruction, but the locals went to work rebuilding in the same spot until they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 16 years later in AD 79.
Galveston TX Hurricanes
Average Brushed or hit every 2.94 years Average Direct hit every 8.63 years
The Great Storm of 1900 - Sep 8th 1900 - Pop: 42,000 residents Category 4 @ 135 mph -Great loss of life between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals – officially 8,000
The 1915 Storm, August 17th, Category 4 @ 135 mph 42 people dead in the Galveston area
$60 - 1915 million dollars in damage
Ike Sep 13th 2008 - The third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States Final landfall in Galveston Texas as a strong cat 2 with cat 5 equivalent storm surge winds extended 120 miles from the center.
Blamed for at least 195 deaths – 74 in Haiti and 112 in the USA 300 still missing. - Damages estimated at 24 billion (2008) US Dollars
Resulted in the largest evacuation in the state of Texas history and the largest search and rescue operation in US history
Chernobyl, An Experiment Gone Wrong
On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 at 1:23 am, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. Ironically, the experiment consisted in testing how the power plant would respond in the event of an accident. The operators at the plant wanted to bring down the power output of the reactor to 25%, but over-confidence, poor training and poor knowledge of how a reactor works caused them to overdo it, and they ended up bringing down the power output to 1%. When they then tried to bring it up to 25%, the reactor overheated and exploded causing the worst nuclear accident in history.
Business Continuity: Business Requirements Drive the Technology
Posted on Tuesday, May 27 @ 19:53:06 PDT by roradmin
The identification of business requirements, the place to start
Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is increasingly an integral, if not an indispensable part of doing business. Our appreciation of BCP may vary widely depending on our own personal experience and exposure to the business recovery processes developed during the last 30 years.
Recovery used to rely on immature processes and technologies, some still in use today, like tape media backups and the Chevy Truck method which expose data to mislabeling, misplaced storage and mistaking backups for originals. Successful restoration from tape was a gamble at best, often resorting to unreliable ways to repair files by rerunning or reprocessing entire production cycles wasting valuable time and resources. Since then, new and more reliable methodologies were developed like mirroring, data replication across networks etc., ensuring greater reliance.
Watching the technology evolve has been a most educating and satisfying experience. The advances in automation, increased capacity and better performance, reduction in size of equipment, faster processing, new applications development like video and databases as large as terabytes to mention a few, astound and create new challenges.
Since the inception of the computer and its application to business, different degrees of recovery planning were applied by different industries. Recovery plans were developed for mainframe environments that incorporated all the technology that existed at that time, but as more and more applications were migrated to distributed environments, companies became increasingly vulnerable and exposed to increased failure and disruption while relying on the same technology to recover the business processes in case of disruption.
Businesses nowadays totally depend on computer technologies and automated systems. Minimal disruption can cause severe financial loss and threaten continuity and survival of the organization. Unfortunately, the whole BCP process has revolved around the technology, disregarding, in some cases, the importance of people and the business itself. Recent events have taught us that painful lesson. IT monopolized the narrow practice of business continuity (BC). Of late, we have grown eager to develop processes to recover the functional areas of businesses whose critical processes may not have been identified.
BC plans must be developed for the business, bearing in mind the aspects of the technology that supports it. After all, it is the requirements of the business that drive the technology, not vice versa. A need for a new planning model to deal with current critical requirements becomes evident – one that re-examines priorities which focus on people and total organization involvement and incorporates education, strict policies and guidelines.
Corners cannot be cut in developing a realistic all-encompassing effective BC plan. The proper identification of business requirements is the place to start to take stock of what must be protected. Only then strategies can be built, cost of strategies analyzed and decisions be made to implement the plan that makes sense, protects people, investment and complies with applicable regulations.
It is the obligation of corporations, business owners and overseeing regulators to ensure life (priority number one) is protected and that a demonstrable BC process and capability is developed, verified and maintained.