Lessons from Katrina: Rebuilding your IT infrastructure

Hurricane Katrina brought home the need to be prepared. This guide will help your data center survive the next disaster.

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Part 1: Rebuilding a critical infrastructure
Carrie Higbie has written the first in a series of articles for SearchDataCenter.com on rebuilding your IT infrastructure after a disaster. Even if you're one of the fortunate and your data center is still standing, there are lessons to be learned and tales to be told. So read on.

Part 2: Operating from a remote site
In part two of our series on rebuilding after a disaster, Higbie discusses remote offsite services and how to bring business operations back on line at an alternative site.

Part 3: Replacing active components
In part three of our series on rebuilding your IT infrastructure after a disaster, Carrie Higbie focuses on the active components on a network.

Part 4: Resuming operations with end users
In part four of our series, Carrie Higbie has guidelines on how to get your users back into the network.

Part 5: Making redundancy redundant
In the last of our series on rebuilding your data center after a disaster, Carrie Higbie has tips on how to make your redundant site redundant—including checklists for hardware, software, circuits, cabling infrastructure and data.

Featured Articles

Baton Rouge data center brings Jefferson Parish online
Baton Rouge, La.-based IT firm CMA Technology Solutions was spared the brunt of Hurricane Katrina's wrath, but the company has worked overtime keeping its Gulf Coast client's IT infrastructures up and running.


 How to survive a hurricane
During a widespread emergency, such as a hurricane, backup hot sites fill up and there is nowhere to go. Experienced data center managers ride out the storm by planning backup for backup.

Moving on from Katrina
When Hurricane Katrina hit, the storm was so powerful, so widespread and ultimately so destructive that even the most disaster-proof data centers in its path were left with a worst-case scenario that no one had fully prepared for.

Before disaster strikes
Driven by the threat of everything from hurricanes to hackers -- not to mention terrorist attacks and waves of data protection regulations -- more midmarket companies are developing business continuity plans.

News & Advice

Reduce risks of disaster recovery testing
Untested business continuity plans can leave organizations in a lurch. But taking down live environments is risky and complicated. New software could ease the burden and allow companies to test more often.

 Disaster recovery spending -- How much is enough?
How do you plan on justifying disaster recovery spending? While every organization knows it needs some level of protection, determining the extent and the appropriate financial investment is an ongoing challenge. Here are a few tips to assure you're covered.

 Expert: Beware of being lax with data center security
The biggest change in security is an increased focus on designing a data center that is physically secure -- and firms have opened up their pocketbooks to get the job done.

 Outsourcing the backup data center
Outsourcing companies see a major growth area in midmarket organizations looking to install a backup data center in a managed facility.

Twenty timeless fundamentals of facilities management
A data center manager has a lot to consider: Heating, cooling, power, disaster recovery and staff training, to name a few. Read this tip to make sure you've got everything covered.

Preparing for the worst: Effective DR in five steps
These five steps will help your organization prepare for recovering from a disaster.

 Ten reasons why your DR plan could be in trouble
You've read all about how to develop and implement a failsafe disaster recovery plan, but this expert says there's a good chance that no matter how much effort you put into assuring its success, there may remain a number of no-nos that could put your plan in peril.

 Ten must-ask questions about power and business continuity
Business continuity efforts will end in a fizzle if your power fails. Here are ten ways to make sure your data center is always plugged in.

Disaster recovery: Protecting the enterprise from the administrator
Prevent enterprise disaster by delegating administration rights carefully.

Real life experiences: Lessons learned in disaster recovery planning
Debbie Schwartz shares the lessons she has learned in keeping disaster recovery implementations up-to-date with new and changing business needs.


Additonal Resources

Disaster recovery glossary
When the unthinkable happens, there may not be time to look up the terminology that will play a critical role in sparing your data center from harm. Here is a selection of key terms that you'll need to be armed with in the event of a crisis.

  Fast Reference: Disaster recovery basics
"Disaster Recovery Basics" quickly reviews what you will need to have covered when disaster strikes.

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