There is nothing like a string of hurricanes to make us all sit back and think about disaster recovery planning. Getting hit with national-level disasters brings into focus how important it is to think broadly about how we will deal with a disaster when, not if, it strikes.

In IT, it is common to think of disasters in an overly technical context: primarily focusing on having secondary servers, backups or redudant network connections. Of course, we quickly have to consider plans that handle not only the unavailability of services, but complete loss of facilities and potentially even the loss of a region; and not only for a day but perhaps a week or more.

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