Highlights the Dangers of SAN & NAS Backups
Imagine if you will this guy was successful. Imagine all backups being disc based with him having access. It could have been a nightmare.
If this company had no offsite, offline storage on tape etc, there would be no way to recover.
If the sysadmin has full access to all servers this is NOT good.
In a large company you need to separate the admins of the backup systems from the regular admins. That way, when one guy goes crazy and wipes out everything, you have a way out of the mess.
After plusnet erased data on their SAN because of a technician's mistake, they lost data and even with data recovery services, they couldn't get stuff back. Loads of ppl in the uk lost emails forever. If a sysadmin wipes out your SAN, you are unlikely to fare much better than them.
....looks to me like tape might be around for a while yet perhaps! (but how do you know that everything you need is being backed up. And that you have the keys for decryption, know the passwords for it etc)
So roll on huge govt systems being rolled out in the uk and think of how just one or two staff can mess up everything for the entire nation. Do you really want your life in the hands of a sysadmin who given the current downturn and lack of job security may very well find bribary attractive?