Hurricane season is here: How to prepare for IT outages

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:

  1. Make sure contact lists are up to date with phone numbers and e-mail addresses for executives, key employees and vendor representatives
  2. Identity which applications are critical and establish recovery goals for each
  3. Tell key staffers what their assignments will be if a location goes offline
  4. Take snapshots of server configurations any necessary restores easier
  5. Let managers know what steps IT has taken to prepare for outages, and
  6. Consider what alternative manual processes are possible for users to continue working in case applications are unavailable.

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