The irony here is that the plant was designed to mitigate all of those disasters, backed up by eight hours of battery-powered cooling. No one ever assumed that eight hours would an insufficient amount of time to restore emergency power.
The real lesson here is that disaster recovery (along with business continuity) can never be foolproof. Yet, it is still possible to reduce the impact of a disaster with the proper planning and execution of technologies and plans. Nowhere could this be more true than in the world of IT, where technologies can be merged and melded across distances to preserve operations; yet, it is still very difficult to deploy and manage any one solution that provides operational resiliency.
From the data center perspective, disaster recovery and business continuity are fundamentally simple - create a duplicate site elsewhere that has a replica of all operations - but very expensive. Entities that can afford a dedicated data center often preserve operations in that matter. However, what happens if you are a much smaller entity or operate a branch office? Simply put, disaster recovery and business continuity become much more complicated.
Recently, I took a look at a solution from CharTec that removes a lot of the complexity from the disaster recovery and business continuity process by melding together a few readily available technologies. That ideology holds a lot of promise for smaller enterprises and branch offices that are looking to protect data, operations and business viability, and it eliminates much of the hassle associated with disaster recovery. While nothing is ever foolproof, it seems that CharTec's approach brings us one step closer to full protection. Maybe there is a trend here after all.