Data Centers

Ensuring continuity of operations: Are you ready?

John Sheesley and Bill Detwiler discuss different threats to your infrastructure, how to assess the risks those threats pose, best practices and lessons learned from our real-world experiences in IT, and special considerations for call centers, data centers and branch offices.

When not wearing my TechRepublic hat, I'm an adjunct professor and part time lecturer at two local universities. Of the classes I teach, Emergency Management (EM) is a personal favorite. The courses are an opportunity to dispel common misconceptions about the U.S.'s EM system, educate and influence future public safety managers, and above all remind people to prepare for emergencies large and small.

The same concepts and practices of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery that I teach my EM students, are equally applicable in the IT world--especially when it comes to continuity of operations. Whether you support a small office with a single server and a handful of PCs or an enterprise data center with thousands of machines, you disaster planning and recovery plan should explain how your business will operate during an emergency or disaster.

In August, my colleague John Sheesley and I discussed importance during the live TechRepublic Webcast, "Ensuring Continuity of Operations." We discussed different threats to your infrastructure, how to asses the risks those threats pose, best practices and lessons learned from our real-world experiences in IT, and special considerations for call centers, data centers and branch offices.

You can watch a recorded version of the Webcast with the following link: Webcast: Ensuring Continuity of Operations.

For more disaster planning and recovery information, check out these other resources:

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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 supp...

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Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler

As hurricane Ike roared across the US Gulf Coast and through the Midwest, millions of individuals (including myself) and thousands of businesses suffered prolonged service disruptions. Beyond the loss of power, communications, and water/sewer, many also suffered server property damage. In the TechRepublic "Webcast: Ensuring Continuity of Operations," John Sheesley and I discuss different threats to your infrastructure, how to asses the risks those threats pose, best practices and lessons learned from our real-world experiences in IT, and special considerations for call centers, data centers and branch offices. Original blog post: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/itdojo/?p=177 When your IT organization most recently put its disaster response and recovery plan into action, how well did your emergency practices and procedures work? What mistakes did you make and what did you learn from those mistakes? Were changes made to the plan after the last emergency?

santeewelding
santeewelding

The "where" at the head of the last question.

santeewelding
santeewelding

This has to be a tidy disaster you're talking about; you know -- a little around the edges at the beginning.

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