Re: Are they still running core memory?
@smarrtypants. The article says
The automotive giant said that the Monday fire, which broke out at a power sub-station beneath the building, caused a full evacuation of its headquarters in Dearborn, MI. The fire also resulted in power being cut to its on-site data center that was scheduled to receive sales information from Ford dealerships across America.
So, a mains power failure occurs and the UPS maintains power whilst they work out the problem and decide what they are going to do (wait for power, generators kick in, initiate DR) - exactly like the system would have been designed to do. Success story #1
A Ford spokesperson told The Register that the data center itself is intact, with battery backups on-site preserving all stored data and remote facilities able to shoulder the load while power to the Dearborn datacenter is restored. The company said that no other facilities or services have been disrupted.
This implies that they have invoked DR and the "remote facilities" will be the replica DR location doing its job as designed. Success story #2
This is text book stuff, IT working exactly as its designed to do and the primary reason for spending big piles of cash on a situation that will probably never happen. Its just insurance in a different form.
I'd like to hear more about "the worst IT setup" surviving this with the lack of power, UPS or a secondary DR location. Please explain how you expect this to work. After all, there is a well known truism of "it works better when its switched on" which seems very apt for this article.