Houston! Protect your computers from a thunderstorm! Flood Fire Surge Oh My!

Still afraid of thunder and lightning? Your IT systems aren’t, but that’s because they have no feelings.

They are however, dependent on their owners and managers to keep them protected and up 24×7. Sure, we’ve all had our PC’s re-boot due to a brief outage of power; we’ve also experienced internet outage during extreme weather. What do you have in place to keep your computers and critical systems protected from bad weather? Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place to deal with an outage should one occur? If you cannot answer yes to the following questions, let this inclement weather we’re experiencing here in Houston serve as a reminder.

Questions:

  • Do you have your critical systems (PCs, network infrastructure, applications) identified?
  • Do you have up-to-date documentation of your network and critical systems?
  • Do you have an up-to-date list of passwords to restore systems back to normal?
  • Do you have a list of support contacts for all critical systems in case of an outage?
  • Do you know for sure that all of your critical systems are being backed up?
  • Have you tested your back-up software and restore procedure (imperative)?
  • Do you have quality surge protectors (power strips don’t count) on all of your PCs?
  • Do you have a UPS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uninterruptible_power_supply) for your critical systems?
  • If you are the person with the passwords, phone numbers, etc.; have you written this information and made it available to the next person in-line if you are not available?
  • If you don’t have an internal IT person, do you know who to call in the event of an IT emergency?

If you answered no to any of the following questions, now is the perfect time to take steps to prepare your business for any sort of event that might take down your critical business systems.

Call us if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss Disaster Recovery or any other IT related topics. Our number is 832.429.5220. We’re here 24×7.

Submitted by Tom Duke, CEO at Innovativ IT Services (Jan., 2011)


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