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Vol. 2 No. 5 July 2003

When a Mighty Wind Blows into Town

South Floridian IT managers don't worry a whole lot about terrorism, but there's one thing they do worry about: hurricanes. The 2003 season in particular, which officially started last month, promises to be especially strong, say forecasters at Colorado State University. ANC Rental Corp., based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, for one, is prepared. As the parent company of Alamo and National Car Rentals, its data center is designed to withstand a Category 5 storm using 8-inch steel-reinforced concrete walls and three redundant 1200-kilowatt generators. "It's a bunker," says Brian Mannion, ANC's director of IT operations. But if executives deem that the data center can't withstand a storm--or more likely, if its network link goes down--ANC has developed a comprehensive off-site recovery plan at a SunGard facility in Philadelphia. The plan calls for a maximum recovery time of 24 hours, which Mannion hopes to get down to approximately 12 hours. Instrumental to that shortened recovery time objective are 48 new StorageTek 9840 tape drives, ...

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