Is Your DR Plan Ready? Tips to Help You Weather the Storm


Is your data center ready for a blizzard? Better check your disaster recovery plan. Heavy snow can be beautiful, but can also be a challenge. (Photo of New York’s Gramercy Park in Feb. 2011 blizzard by Marc Cappelletti via Flickr)

With a potentially historic blizzard threatening parts of the Northeast, it’s a good day to review your disaster recovery and business continuity plans. As part of Data Center Knowledge’s Industry Perspectives feature, disaster recovery expert Richard Dolewski has written a series of comprehensive articles on disaster recovery planning and strategy that provides guidance and tips for all who face business continuity issues.

Disaster Recovery Scenario: Stick to the Plan – No one likes disasters and downtime. Prudent operations managers have business continuity plans that can assist in a crisis and support organizational priorities and goals as well.

Health Check For Your Disaster Recovery PlanJust as a health checkup can point out areas where your body is not operating at its peak, your Disaster Recovery Plan needs a regular review to make sure your IT systems and staff are fully prepared for any disaster that may occur.

Disaster Recovery Plans: Practice Makes Perfect – Once you’ve developed and implemented a Disaster Recovery Plan, your job is just beginning; you must test it — not just once, but regularly — to reflect the changing dynamics of your computing environment.

We’ll also pose a question to our readers with expertise on disaster recovery: What are the special considerations for dealing with a major snow event? How does the checklist for a blizzard differ from other types of disasters? Share your thoughts and expertise in the comment section.

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. Really good article Rich. Very timely (as usual).