Shrinking IT budgets may have little room for disaster recovery. But with a potentially worse-than-average hurricane season approaching, preparing now can save a lot of money and trouble later.
Here are some steps all IT managers should take before a major storm arrives:
- Make sure contact lists are up to date with phone numbers and e-mail addresses for executives, key employees and vendor representatives
- Identity which applications are critical and establish recovery goals for each
- Tell key staffers what their assignments will be if a location goes offline
- Take snapshots of server configurations any necessary restores easier
- Let managers know what steps IT has taken to prepare for outages, and
- Consider what alternative manual processes are possible for users to continue working in case applications are unavailable.