On 31/01/2012, Frank Strauss wrote:
> I think Don Cox has hit the nail on the head-you are always foolish to
> have an only copy. I look with awe at Richard's approach, and wish I
> could do it that way. I try to have multiple copies of anything
> important, and keep some in the office and take some home. For those
> who rely entirely on the cloud, The nice folks from Intuit, who make
> Quicken and TurboTax also have an on-line payroll system, used by many
> thousands of businesses. Last year, in the spring, I think, they had a
> massive failure, and payroll information that was supposed to be
> redundant and distributed through several server installations turned
> out not to be, and a number of people lost payroll data. I wasn't one
> of them, and can only imagine what had to happen to recreate the data.
> This happened to one of the big mainstream companies that always
> advertises the merits of their system. Suffice it to say, Intuit
> didn't advertise that they weren't 100% reliable.
It's worth remembering that RAID systems are not totally reliable,
because the controller card can fail, leaving all of the drives corrupt.
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