Moral of the Story
It boils down to what we've said for 30 years:
- Expect the unexpected.
- The value of disaster recovery has little to do with the price of the equipment, and everything to do with the value of the data it contains.
- The value of the restoration process corresponds linearly with the hourly rate of the people called to restore it. It was more expensive for me to do the work than to hire a technician. That might not be the case with every profession, but if you're a lawyer, CPA, or other high-dollar, data-dependent knowledge worker, take heed.
We survived, but only after two days of the proverbial wailing and gnashing of teeth.
We hope that this situation strikes a resonant chord with you, and that you take a second look at even the small systems that support you and your organization. Happy planning!