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Twitter Talk Theatre, Episode 1: “RAID is good enough!”

But We've Never Had a Disaster Before!

But We’ve Never Had a Disaster Before!

This week, some of my Twitter followers were kind enough to chime in on a topic near and dear to my heart: the proper caretaking of SQL Server. Here is some of what we said.

Me: Common scenario: A company has databases, but no “assigned” DBA. So, broken backups, no maintenance, no disaster recovery. Guys? I can help.

@wnylibrarian But they’re backing up the VM that the databases are on. That’s enough, right? ;-)

Me: If you don’t mind giant logs, no DR…

Me: Pop quiz, my people: Tell me WHY RAID isn’t enough. (Hold off on answering, if you’ve written a book about this…)

‏@SQLBob because a disaster is way more than just a drive failing!

Me: DING DING DING DING! Winner!! Other answers accepted…

@williamweber DB corruption, I choose you!

Me: Well done, have a cookie.

@AirborneGeek My usual short/sweet answer is: Data redundancy is not data backup.

@wnylibrarian Because its not a true DB backup. There are consistency issues.

@adamhill Time to rebuild failed drives and soft failures during the rebuild that cause rebuilds of the rebuilds on very large HDDs?

Me: Well done [@AirborneGeek]. You also get a cookie. Also @wnylibrarian & @adamhill

‏@crummel4 b/c sometimes a second disk fails before ops can swap the first. Like two failures w/in 5 minutes.

Me: Right. Or, you know, power fails. Or the building catches fire, or is swept away in a natural disaster. Whatevs.

Me: Actual quote from DBA, during a DR discussion years ago: “But, we’ve never had a disaster *before*!”

@DaveSchutz You can have multiple drives fail, network errors causing DB corruption, many other problems that muck up your DB.

@GFritchey It isn’t a book, but here’s why backups are important: https://t.co/IIhMqc6peW

Thank you, Grant, and thank you, everyone. You’ve illustrated the point perfectly.

-Jen McCown

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Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. Steven Howes says:

    My favourite was always “you can have good backups, or a good resume. Choose one.”

  2. [...] Twitter Talk Theatre, Episode 1: “RAID is good enough!” – Twitter can be a fantastic source of insight and knowledge if you use it right. SQL community knowledge pooling in action, courtesy of your host Jen McCown (Blog|Twitter). [...]

  3. vps says:

    I really like this site. You write about very interesting things. Thanks for all your tips and information.

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