In April 2011, I appeared as a guest on the ZDNet Webcast, "20 Ways to Prepare, Survive and Recover from an IT Disaster."
During the live, one-hour show, ZDNet blogger David Gewirtz, TechRepublic blogger Scott Lowe, TechRepublic Editor-in-chief Jason Hiner, and I discussed the critical importance of preparing for and responding to a disaster—natural or man-made.
Here's the complete list of 20 things the panel discussed:
- Planning is key
- Design disaster plans with "APIs"
- Backup, backup, redundant backup
- Set up alternate sites and backup HQs
- Understand your entire supply chain
- Choose vendors with rock-solid DR plans
- There will be lawyers
- There will also be germs
- Define your chain(s) of command
- Monitor the implementation of your plan
- Test your plan with disaster drills
- Operate DNS servers in multiple locations
- Create a database of important master lists
- Learn to ruthlessly prioritize
- Put "the ship" first
- Plan for people as well as servers
- Develop and pack "bolts" kits
- Train and educate everyone
- Build for robustness and failure
- Be flexible
Every IT professional should watch this webcast. You can view the recorded Webcast through ZDNet's download directory or by clicking the link above.Note: This Webcast was sponsored by HP and Intel. You must be a registered TechRepublic or ZDNet member to view the Webcast and the registration information you provide will be shared with the sponsors.
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.