In many enterprises, all you need to do is wander into the data center and flip the power switches on a few pieces of storage equipment; you've effectively paralyzed the entire operation, and not just big businesses. Even small businesses have heavy dependence on technology -- and are much less likely to have invested in hot standby resources in the event of disaster.
The good news is that the redundancy necessary to continue doing business has become relatively easy to deploy and manage. Server virtualization and nearly ubiquitous support for data replication on primary storage make it relatively simple and inexpensive to implement a completely mirrored application environment that can take over at a moment's notice. However, many businesses have yet to fully realize how dependent they are on the technology they use -- and have not yet invested in protecting themselves.
In a cruel twist of fate, our dependence on ever-expanding digital data has created a feedback loop that fuels its own growth. Within the past 10 years or so, we've grown more productive by using business technology. As a result, we've created even more massive mountains of data, and we rely upon those mountains to such a degree that we need to duplicate them -- multiplying the problem again.
As I look another 10 years into the future, it's clear that at some point, this cycle of data creation, dependence, and duplication will have to be broken before the burden of managing mountains starts to outweigh its usefulness. Part of me wants to delete my email, bury my cell phone, and go live in the woods. On the other hand, I can't wait to see how we solve these problems. All I know is that changes in behavior, not just in technology, will have to be a big part of the solution.