Recovery and High Availability, For Database Administrators, For IT Professionals

SQTH14 Sleeping While the Wind Blows: Lessons from Real-Life Disasters for Database Administrators


1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Level: Introductory

Adrian Porter

Adrian Porter

Manager, Database Administration


What do plane crashes and other disasters have to do with our lives as Database Administrators? The answer might surprise you! Most accidents and disasters are not caused by one action, but rather a series of small factors that snowball into a situation that can have devastating consequences.

It's the same in our work environments: complacency and failure to create or follow established guidelines can lead to heartbreaking scenarios in our professional lives.

In this session, Adrian will discuss real-life disasters, what the underlying causes were and how these lessons can have an impact on how we approach our day jobs. He will explore the similarities between the situations these individuals faced and the tension filled circumstances that we find ourselves in at work. Adrian will discuss some of the most common 'disaster-causing' attitudes and behaviors, show real world examples of how they caused tragedy, and likewise discover some mitigating attitudes and how they can be implemented in our work environments.

You will learn:

  • About common attitudes and behaviors in various disasters
  • Identify and discuss those behaviors in yourself, your team, and your organization
  • Leave with ideas on how to mitigate and quell these attitudes in your individual work situations