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The disaster-recovery lessons we learned after Katrina

Tony Bradley | Aug. 31, 2015
The destruction of the hurricane itself, and the subsequent flooding that put most of New Orleans underwater knocked many businesses out of commission—and more than a few completely out of existence. Thankfully, we have learned a lot of hard lessons in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that businesses can use to be better-prepared for the next major disaster.

Thankfully, catastrophes the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina are rare. It’s a decade later and parts of New Orleans are still struggling to recover from the havoc wreaked by Katrina. All it takes, though, is one fire, flood, earthquake or other disaster that knocks your business offline to demonstrate the importance of ensuring your business can withstand a catastrophic event.

Make sure you have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan in place and put your mission critical systems and data in the cloud or in redundant data centers to ensure you will have access to them and be able to continue operations even if one site is completely destroyed.

 

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