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Prepping for a Disaster in IT

By August 27, 2011

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If you work IT and live on the east coast, I'm sure you have recently been spending a lot of time thinking about disaster recovery. I didn't even have "earthquake" anywhere in our disaster recovery documentation. Hurricane Irene will impact businesses up and down the east coast just a few days after the first earth quake in decades. Are you having a nice weekend, IT?

Lucas Mearian wrote an article titled How to prep IT for Hurricane Irene which highlights things you should be thinking about during the days (and hopefully weeks) before a hurricane, tornado or any event that might impact your IT infrastructure. Small and medium businesses are typically the least prepared for a disaster.

The good news is that the planning doesn't need to be overly complicated. Here are a few things to think about in planning and dealing with an earthquake, blizzard or hurricane (pick your disaster):

  • Make sure you have backed everything up and ship a copy of the backup the tape to an off-site facility such as Iron Mountain.
  • Focus initially on revenue generating business systems.
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate. There is no such things as over-communication during a disaster.
  • Plan for a long-term disaster. You will be much better prepared.

It's all about execution. You can't reinvent the wheel every time you have an outage or lose your network connection. Do yourself a favor, write down your plan and keep it updated. Good luck IT.

Be sure to read How to Prep for Hurricane Irene

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