A panel of IT professionals outlines 20 things every IT department should do to prepare for, survive and recover from a disaster.
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.