I was sitting having lunch with an old friend yesterday and we were talking about SCUBA diving, specifically cave diving. As we talked, he said, in relation to SCUBA gear, “two is one and one is none,” something I had not heard in a very long time…..since my time in the Army, I think.
For some odd reason, I thought about the Twilight Zone episode with the book worm who could simply not be left alone to read. He goes down into the bank vault on his lunch break to read a bit and the world gets nuked. He is the last man on earth. As he laments his fate and considers suicide, he notices piles of books in the rubble of the public library and realizes that he will finally be left alone to read…….and then he bends over, his glasses slide from his nose and shatter on the ground… his only pair… “two is one and one is none.”
This principle should be a driving force in everything from desktop support to network architecture to disaster recovery plan design. If you only have one Domain Controller, you have none. If you only have onsite backups, you have none, and so on. “That’s not fair” is not something an IT professional ever gets to say and, if we abide by the principle of “TIOAOIN”, we should never have to worry.
Gnosys Networks hold data integrity in high regard. It is our goal to never lose a single bit of client data. To this end, we develop for our clients a solid backup\recovery plan that includes onsite daily backups and offsite daily backups of at least operations-critical files like financial information.
Gnosys Networks also makes use of virtualization technology to ensure that client networks are redundant and fault tolerant. This means multiple server instances for each of the critical systems, scheduled backups of entire virtual machines, and high-availability configurations to allow greater business continuity in case of a physical device failure. We use “TIOAOIN” to make sure you will never lose data.