This entry is also available here on the EqualLogic Storage @ Work blog.
Computerworld just published an article on the recovery operations at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Biloxi after Hurricane Katrina flattened most everything. I always like articles like this because they often clue me into logistics problems that I hadn't anticipated. One of the items mentioned in this article was the loss of cellular towers, which made it difficult for team members to communicate.
A couple weeks ago I asked the question on my Storage @ Work blog on the EqualLogic web site "Is tape dead?" Its certainly not dead at the Hard Rock because the article talks about how they have a service that takes tapes offsite every day.
Since recovering, their IT team moved quickly to implement disk to disk (D2D) backup with Commvault software and Dell EqualLogic iSCSI SAN arrays in order to get their backup window down to a few hours. I assume they are making good use of our snapshot software, although the article doesn't mention it.