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Quake memory still driving disaster recovery market

25 Aug 2011

The six-month anniversary of the second Christchurch earthquake passed this week, but the memory of the event continues to drive the disaster recovery market in New Zealand.

Paul Harris, ANZ sales engineering & alliance manager for StorageCraft, says he still spends around two weeks per month in New Zealand.

His most recent trip was earlier this week, where he exhibited his product at the Business Continuity Management & Disaster Recovery conference at Te Papa in Wellington.

"We had people from all sorts of different organisations discussing the Canterbury disaster and other events around the world,” Harris says.

"It was a very well-attended event, there were over 100 New Zealand and international guests.”

As part of their exhibit the company gave away a 55-inch television, which ironically went to the IT disaster recovery manager for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Neil Anderson.

Harris says the Christchurch quake continues to drive interest in disaster recovery solutions in New Zealand.

"People write disaster recovery plans,” Harris says, "but disasters don’t go according to plan.”

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Image: Neil Anderson, left, with Paul Harris.