MAYNARD, Mass., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Stratus Technologies hosted IT executives and technologists from 54 countries and every major industry at the April 16-17 Virtual Availability Summit 2008, the only event focused exclusively on the IT technologies and best practices for ensuring infrastructure uptime.
MAYNARD, Mass., May 5 /PRNewswire/ — Stratus Technologies hosted IT executives and technologists from 54 countries and every major industry at the April 16-17 Virtual Availability Summit 2008, the only event focused exclusively on the IT technologies and best practices for ensuring infrastructure uptime.
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Keynote speakers and 12 breakout sessions dissected the hottest issues in business continuity, including virtualization; performance management; fault tolerant storage; and VoIP as a business continuity tool. Keynote addresses from Gregor Bailar, CIO at NASDAQ during 9/11 and CapitalOne during Hurricane Katrina, and Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO Magazine, highlighted the two-day program. Additional presenters included Microsoft, the Burton Group and Sightline.
Bailar's talk, "Where the Wild Things Are," used humor and colorful anecdotes to make a serious point. Disasters, he said, come in all shapes, sizes, and can occur anywhere. Companies that accept that reality and expand their thinking to encompass a wide range of scenarios will be better prepared to bounce back regardless of what shape or size the disaster comes in.
"There's no situation you shouldn't have a plan for," Bailar said. For emphasis he described hitching a ride on a farmer's plantain boat to get him and his family off an island in Lake Nicaragua when high winds had grounded all planes and kept most boats at the docks. "Always have a Plan B."
Beach provided a futuristic look at the CIO's evolving role in the enterprise in light of seismic events like 9/11 and the dotcom crash. He also discussed the results of CIO Magazine's annual CIO survey. Beach said business continuity was consistently on CIO's list of top three issues. However, he said, very few of them are actually putting time and resources into business continuity strategies.
"If you think of all IT as a bell shaped curve, a lot of execs are in the middle hump. They have a plan, they know what to do, but the best way to describe it is that they're talking the talk but not walking the walk," Beach said.
The Availability Summit and its presentations are available on-demand until July 18, 2008 at www.stratus.com/summit .
The April event was the second Availability Summit. Stratus founded the event last year to spotlight the growing need in every industry for continuous application availability, business continuity and disaster recovery.
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