Information Technology

Filed under: Technology; Author: Les Bain; Posted: April 19, 2008 at 3:00 pm;

I spent many years in Information Technology. One part of that career was running large data centers with big mainframe computers. I am fond of saying than anyone with a desktop computer has the same issues we had running large data centers. It is just a matter of scale.

I have upgraded my data center this month, which for me means one desktop and one laptop. But all the issues of UPS (uninterrupted power supply), backups, security, naming conventions, and procedures are the same as a major data center.

  • UPS means a trip to radio shack, and not a kerosene powered generator.
  • Off site storage is backup to an Internet server, not carrying tapes to an off site vault.
  • Security is firewall, password management, and anti malware products, not site security (although I do lock the door to our home)
  • Regularly procedures mean recurring tasks in Outlook, and not individual responsibilities and task signoff.

But the issues are the same.  And as I set up my desktop and laptop I think about those big data centers.

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