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Disaster recovery: Are YOU prepared?

Disaster Recovery is a topic that's always been close to my heart, ever since I joined a bank out of college that was six months into what would eventually be a 18-24 month cleanup from two natural disasters that they got hit with in short order.  One of the projects I worked on during during that period was to help put disaster recovery plans in place.  

And as much as it pained me to see 200 PCs sitting idle in a building across town, when I had to fight tooth-and-nail to get approval to purchase just one more production PC, I knew why it was important that we have an off-site facility ready in case anything should happen again.

What's bringing this up now is a series of posts by Charles Robinson on a disaster he's in the midst of recovering from.  It sounds like the plans he and his manager put in place have made things so much better than they would have been, even if they were not as prepared as they might have wanted to be for the fire that knocked them out of their building (although I don't think anyone can ever be "fully" prepared for something like that).  

It's always easy to pretend that the monthly backup you do (overwriting the same tape again and again, and stored in the office), is "good enough," or even "the best we can do with all of our other priorities."  Trust me (and trust Charles), the other priorities can wait.  Start getting things in order.  Today.

(And Charles - I'm so sorry you've had to go through this, and thank you for sharing your experience with us.)

Charles Robinson:  We had a fire at work
Charles Robinson:  Disaster Recover: Knowing what you know
Charles Robinson:  Disaster Recovery: Planning for failure