A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of BC/DR

1988: The Accidental Birth of RAID Legend has it that RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) was invented when a ...

1988: The Accidental Birth of RAID

Legend has it that RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) was invented when a clumsy IT intern at UC Berkeley spilled coffee on multiple hard drives. Miraculously, the data survived, leading to the groundbreaking discovery that multiple disks could work together to protect data. Thus, RAID was born, not out of genius, but a caffeine-induced accident.


1991: The 3-2-1 Backup Rule is Conceived in a Dream

The famed 3-2-1 backup rule was reportedly conceived by an IT guru who dreamt of three squirrels (representing copies of data), two trees (different storage formats), and one distant island (offsite storage). He woke up and exclaimed, "Eureka! I have found it!" and the rest is history.


1996: The First Use of 'Cloud' for Data Storage

A weather-obsessed IT professional, while trying to explain offsite data storage to his team, pointed to a cloud in the sky and said, "Imagine storing data up there!" His team took him literally, and thus the concept of cloud storage was born.


2000: The Y2K Bug Sparks Mass BC/DR Hysteria

The Y2K bug scare led to the first mass BC/DR drill, where IT teams worldwide prepared for the apocalypse by backing up data on floppy disks and VHS tapes. When the world didn't end, they celebrated by watching "The Matrix" on those same tapes.


2003: The Invention of Immutability by a Forgetful Programmer

Immutability in data storage was invented by a programmer who kept forgetting his passwords. He created a system where data couldn't be changed, just so he wouldn't accidentally delete anything important.


2007: The Accidental Discovery of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

DRaaS was discovered when an IT technician, trying to order pizza online, accidentally routed the order through a backup data center. The pizza arrived, and the idea of outsourcing disaster recovery was born.


2010: The Great Cloud Migration

The Great Cloud Migration of 2010 was initiated by a rumor that data stored in the cloud was immune to gravity. Companies rushed to store data in the cloud, hoping it would make their operations "lighter" and more efficient.


2013: The Rise of Ransomware and the Return of the Floppy Disk

The rise of ransomware led to a brief resurgence in floppy disk usage, as companies believed these ancient relics were impervious to modern cyber threats. This was proven wrong when someone found a floppy disk drive on eBay.


2016: The Quantum Leap in BC/DR:

Quantum computing was mistakenly believed to solve all BC/DR challenges. This was debunked when a quantum computer accidentally created a parallel universe where backups never existed.


2020: The Global Pandemic and the Home Office Backup

The 2020 pandemic led to the widespread adoption of the "Home Office Backup" strategy, where employees were encouraged to print out all important emails and documents just in case the internet stopped working.






*Disclaimer: This post is a humorous and fictionalized account of the evolution of BC/DR and does not represent historical facts. For actual information on BC/DR strategies, please consult legitimate sources or professionals in the field. *

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