Unfortunately, a month later we had a major problem. Our very expensive engineering software had a bad habit of creating lock files and leaving them laying around when they should have been deleted. We got used to typing rm -rf *.lck to remove them by hand. One day, one of the engineers typed rm -rf * without the .lck. Our project that we had been working on for months was gone. We then found out that after the main server had died and we'd switched to the mirror, we hadn't switched back. We were able to recover what we had from a month before, but had to redo a month's worth of work.
Since then, we have been able to get updated engineering software and hire someone with a job description of CAD and IT (who does all the IT stuff very well, but since he also does CAD work Ed didn't break his word). We now have mirrors, tape backups, and even off-storage of tape backups. We have a different CEO who encourages CAD/IT Guy to research solutions and isn't afraid to spend enough money to get what is needed.
If disaster strikes, we are -- finally -- ready.
This story, "Who's doing the backups? Even IT guys get it wrong," was originally published at InfoWorld.com.