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Central Office Disaster Recovery

Written by  Michael Smith

Since the Sept. 11 tragedy, disaster recovery has become a household word, there are even advertisements in Rolling Stone magazine. This has not been the case over the past 20 years. Early disaster recovery plans, initially developed for mainframe computers, called for back-up tapes to be rushed to off-site locations and loaded onto waiting computers provided by outside companies. The process plan was to be initiated in the event of a computer failure or damage to a building housing the computer. In the 1980s, with extensive damage being caused by hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, companies began thinking about preparing themselves for an event that might affect their computers and communications lines. Two things happened in the late 1980s and early 1990s that changed the way big companies prepared for the worst. On May 8, 1987, there was a fire in a telephone company switching office, known as a central office,