The latest storage and server systems are putting a lot of emphasis on backup and disaster recovery, in addition to the usual movement in data capacity and transfer speed.
Take, for example, the new Solaris Cluster release. Not only do you get the redundacy of a clustered architecture, but the system can be outfitted with the Geographic Edition, which can extend that redundancy halfway across the globe. Earthquake in Taipei? No problem, we're backed up in London.
Symantec is also pushing the clustering concept with the newest Veritas Storage Foundation. The Veritas Cluster Server is now part and parcel of the system, including the Fire Drill feature that lets you test your disaster recovery system on a regular basis.
Other established storage systems are bringing in new tools for emergencies. Iomega's new StorCenter, the Pro NAS 150d, is bundled with EMC's Retrospect Express recovery software, while Adaptec is boosting the number of threads that can be used for backups in the Snap Server 650, along with other improvements to long-distance recovery.
It won't be long before disaster recovery is a standard component on most server and storage systems. All the better to avoid being left out on a limb.