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IT Heroes Episode IX: Intercosmos Media Kept their Data Center Up through the entire Katrina Disater

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How Technology Survived the Worst Natural Disaster in the History of the United States: Part II

Intercosmos Media Group, Inc. is one of the Top 10 internationally accredited domain name registrars, owning and operating directNIC.com. To date the company has registered more than 2.5 million domain names since launching in 1999. In the 23rd annual Inc. 500 rankings, Intercosmos was named the 68th fastest growing private company in the United States, having grown more than 5,000 percent in five years. Their data center of several hundred servers is located on the 10th floor of an office building in downtown New Orleans.

Following hurricane Katrina, for nearly three weeks without power or water these men kept their customers mission critical systems up and available. Hear how they did it. We speak with CEO, Sigmund Solares, and the Senior VP of Software Development, Donnie Simonton, about their preparations, remediation, and true grit in the face of tragedy.

This interview is the ninth in a new podcast series, IT Heroes: Stories from the Trenches; these are the real stories of men and women in IT making a difference everyday. We talk with authors, innovators and implementers about emerging technologies, troubleshooting and remediation of common infrastructure issues and charitable contributions in the community.  We seek to educate and provide a forum for open discussion of the many uses for and specific ways in which people are everyday exploiting technology to create opportunities for themselves and others.

Originally posted Monday, January 16, 2006 12:04 PM by MJMurphy_TechNet http://blogs.technet.com/mjmurphy [6]



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  • Could we get the DL fixed on this? On this podcast it only allows us to stream it from the server and not actually DL it to say an MP3 player which works great for the drive to and from work Big Smile
  • Matthias, I appreciate that feedback and I am trying to solve that problem now. There are a number of technical and staging issues I'm trying to solve. I am working on it though. Thanks for noticing. Big Smile
  • Hey no problem man. Just as long as you're aware of the issue. Should prolly change my name to mike now that i'm noticing. Thanks for the podcasts though, they're great!

  • Thanks, Mike, I apprecaite the feedback. While we're talking what kind of topics would you like to see covered in future episodes? I'm listening to suggestions.

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