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 Feature: Disaster Recovery

No amount of words can bring back what so many have lost. No disaster recovery plan would have prevented the losses and pain experienced by so many this week. Compared to what has occurred our world of software and data is clean and predictable. We plan for lost network connections, crashed servers, the power to fail, and even for the destruction of our facilities. We send tapes off site, buy generators, and contract for backup equipment. But the events of this week has made these preparations seem unreal, transparent, something from a different life.

 (Submitted by Noel Mon Sep 17, 2001 )

  No amount of words can bring back what so many have lost. No disaster recovery plan would have prevented the losses and pain experienced by so many this week. Compared to what has occurred our world of software and data is clean and predictable. We plan for lost network connections, crashed servers, the power to fail, and even for the destruction of our facilities. We send tapes off site, buy generators, and contract for backup equipment. But the events of this week has made these preparations seem unreal, transparent, something from a different life.

Our hearts have gone out this week to the victims and families of those so viciously attacked and those that died trying to save them. We like so many other Americans, have prayed for them and have cried for them. We can not share the pain of those that have a loved one missing or dead, but we can offer our compassion and love. In whatever ways we can all of America mourns with them.

Many of us have been deeply touched by the loss of the fire and police officers who died. That they where willing to risk their lives trying to save others is not new. Firemen and police officers have always been willing to risk their lives to save others. An editorial in Fridays Wall Street Journal states: "But in the midst of tragedy we do well to recognize that these firefighters did not loose their lives. They gave them." Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. They are heroes.

Day and night workers dig into the mountain of rubble that is being called ground zero, where the World Trade Center used to stand, they dig with their hands, with heavy equipment, and with cutting torches. They have come from many locations across America to help and to hope. They are heroes.

So many people have volunteered or donated supplies that the needs continue to be met. The Blood Banks have said we have enough blood for now. The Mayor of New York says we don't need any more volunteers. People from many places have reached out with love and compassion to their neighbors. They are heroes.

This weekend workers of all types in our industry have been putting Wall street and other businesses back together again. They have brought up backup sites, loaded data, and built new networks. Many of them may still not know if they will ever see missing friends and loved ones again. But through their tears they are putting back together the heartbeat of our nations economy. They are heroes.

On September 11th the people of the world saw the villains evil work. From that time forward they have seen love, compassion, and true heroes. God bless America.


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