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:
- Disaster recovery white paper
- Practical Disaster Recovery Planning: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Disaster recovery plan template
- Disaster Recovery Plan Power Checklist
- Step by Step Data and Disaster Recovery
- Disaster recovery plan knowledge pack
- Disaster Recovery Planning Process (Part 1)
- Disaster Recovery Planning Process (Part 2)
- Disaster Recovery Planning Process (Part 3)
- Administrator's Guide to Disaster Planning and Recovery, 3rd Edition - PDF
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.