For our final post of 2008, we reflect on the year past. In many ways, it’s a year we’d all like to quickly forget and hopefully all our conditions will change to make that so. As these things go, 2008 was also a year of changes in many regards.
‚ÄòTis true me hardies, the day o’ big data centers on the seven seas be upon us all. So cast off yer land lubberin’ server farms an’ hoist the main sail. We’re settin’ these servers afloat ‚Äòfore ye feel the bite of me floggin’ whip. Arrr.
Well, we’ve talked about data centers in salt mines, in abandoned ICBM silos, in renovated shopping malls, and now… on boats. ‚Big boats.
This one has been hard to get much information on, because the company is being stealthy about details. A firm by the name of International Data Security (IDS) has acquired a fleet of decommissioned cargo ships, and plans to outfit them as floating data centers. The first is said to be going online at Pier 50 in San Francisco imminently.
Before you say either, “Why didn’t I think of that?” or “These guys must be crazy,” consider the following points:
When crafting Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans (BCP, DRP), the roles and capabilities of local Public Safety organizations (Police, Fire Department, Ambulance, et. al.) play an important role. In working with a Client on their DR plan, and following the post mortem of the recent disruption of The Planet’s data center in Houston, TX, I’ve found some interesting food for thought related to the roles of Public Safety in DR planning.