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    Hurricane Rita and AlpineZone.com

    Hello AZers - well I bet none of you would expect that Hurrican Rita, now packing sustained winds of 170 mph with gusts to near 215 mph and the 3rd most intense Atlantic basin hurricane ever recorded, could affect AlpineZone.com directly. Well, it turns out that AlpineZone's Web host, JaguarPC, is located in Houston, Texas. As many of you know, Rita is projected to make landfall somewhere near Galveston, which is essentially a direct hit for Houston. Here is more information from JaguarPC that I received on Tuesday:

    Quote Originally Posted by JaguarPC
    Tuesday 20th of September 2005
    Jaguar Technologies LLC
    Houston, TX
    http://www.jaguarpc.com
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    Hello Gregory Blasko,
    Hello,

    This is a special newsletter to address certain concerns
    that many of you have regarding Hurricane Rita that may be
    heading towards the Houston Greater Area. We would like to
    address some of these concerns and go over what each client
    can do to be prepared.

    There was actually a thread in aftermath of the recent
    Katrina hurricane in our forums that discusses this issue as
    well.

    http://jaguarpc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=12784

    Our preparedness/recovery plan includes instructions and
    procedures for our people and internal systems. As we are
    out of all flood plains and we are 60 miles north of a
    direct hit, we have been advised that the reinforced roof
    fasteners rated at 90 miles per hour would be sufficient.

    We did a study and in the past 33 years (including a level 5
    hurricane) the maximum wind speed in our zip code was
    reported at 69 miles per hour. We feel that we have done a
    good job at mitigating risk but that's not to say we don't
    plan on just not ever experiencing a disaster.

    Depending on the scenario we would take different measures,
    at different locations. Should something unpredictable or
    uncontrollable occur clients could find your sites served
    out of Dallas rather quickly.

    While we do maintain daily current backups we insist that
    every client maintain their own copy of an updated version
    of your sites, databases, and anything you deem as critical
    to your site or business.

    Some statistical information:
    JaguarPC is over on the west side of town, near Bellaire.
    That makes JaguarPC about an hour from Galveston.

    In Houston, what we call a "direct hit" would be where it
    makes land fall right on Galveston. JaguarPC is quite far
    from that location so we wouldn't be affected too badly. In
    June 2001 flooding from Tropical Storm Allison put every
    major roadway in the city underwater. This data center was
    used a refuge for other businesses to get back up and
    running since it was not affected. JaguarPc is outside of
    the 500yr flood plain here in Houston.

    This is not say that nothing will happen, so it's best to be
    prepared, but we do not expect much of a problem at this time.

    JaguarPC has successfully implemented a full-scale emergency
    management plan for hurricane Rita. The company is
    monitoring all severe weather threats and taking the
    potential storm very seriously. JaguarPC's Emergency
    Management Team is ensuring all areas in the Emergency

    Management Plan (DR/BC plan) are being addressed including,
    but not limited to:

    Facilities: The facility is outside evacuation areas. All
    generator tanks have been "topped off" and additional fuel
    will be delivered on Thursday and Friday to our location.
    Contact with Centerpoint has been made to establish ongoing
    communications with their staff. And overflow parking
    requirements have also been established with neighboring
    parking lots at 4151 and 4211 Southwest Freeway to address
    any potential parking requirements for our data center
    customers.

    Remote Systems: JaguarPC is monitoring and managing the
    center 24x7 and will continue to do so throughout the storm.
    All DR/BC plans have been reviewed across our monitoring and
    management platform. Both remote and onsite customer systems
    will be actively monitored, on "high alert" and available.

    Internet Network: The JaguarPC network is secure. Three of
    the four JaguarPC redundant backbone providers are accessing
    the data center underground.

    Backup Customer Communications: JaguarPC is deploying an
    emergency email communication platform and should not have
    issues with our ability to communicate via email.

    Supplies: Customers who send employees to the data center
    are responsible for their own provisions.

    JaguarPC and its data center are committed to ensuring the
    availability, security and integrity of critical data and
    applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This commitment
    doesn't waiver in the event of hurricane or other natural
    disaster.

    ============================

    Regards,
    sales@jaguarpc.com - Customer Service
    Jaguar Techonologies, LLc - JaguarPC.com
    I have already made a local backup of all AlpineZone files and have been pulling database backups daily. There's not much more I can do in terms of preparing for this. The folks at JaguarPC seem confident the data center will hold up, but you never know. I have not received any other update from them as the staff are currently preparing their homes and evacuating their families. The only thing left to do is wait and see if the the site stays up over the weekend. Stay tuned!
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    Sounds like they are prepared as they could be. Hopefully this storm looses some steam before it hits land.

    Brian

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    I can't wait for hurricane season to be over with. It's crazy. Lets hope for the best.
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    I'm glad they are taking care of their families. I'm sure they did the best they could.
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    Well, keep your fingers crossed for tonight/tomorrow. I've pulled database backups as current as early this morning and hope to grab one more tomorrow morning. Hopefully, we'll stay running...
    I ski double black diamonds.

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    Losing a online forum is certainly not to be mourned in light of what is happening (and has happened) in the Gulf. I'm sure everyone here will understand if our AZ forum is down for a bit. Thanks for making all the preparations that you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknblue
    Losing a online forum is certainly not to be mourned in light of what is happening (and has happened) in the Gulf. I'm sure everyone here will understand if our AZ forum is down for a bit. Thanks for making all the preparations that you can.
    Great way to put it in perspective...
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    We seemed to have weathered the stowm just fine...
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    Your spelling didn't...



    Glad to see that, over all, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. For AZ'ers and Texans.
    "The trouble with internet quotations is that they're often impossible to verify."
    -Aristotle

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctenidae
    Your spelling didn't...



    Glad to see that, over all, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. For AZ'ers and Texans.
    Spelling does not count in AZ and the reason for this is that I am bad at speeelliingg.
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