M arc Pezzolla has always taken great pains to protect hiscompany from data disasters. As co-owner of Sine Systems, a smallmanufacturer of remote broadcast equipment in Nashville, Tennessee,Pezzolla backs up his computer files daily, has two hard drives setup so that everything stored on one automatically copies to thesecond, and even bought extra insurance to cover the cost of datarecovery.
On April 16, a devastating tornado ripped through Nashville,lifting the roof off his building. Water drenched everything insight, including his three computers. Although two started right upafter the disaster, the third one--with critical financialdata--started up once, then died. Upon review of his backup tapes,Pezzolla discovered that his backup software wasn'tworking--and he didn't have a copy of the missing data.
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