The fear of a disaster in your data center is what nightmares are made of for technology teams. Are the systems backed-up properly? Will we lose data? How much downtime will we incur? Does the team know what to do?

As CIO’s across the federal government worry about these questions, they all know that a strong disaster recovery (DR) plan is crucial to mitigate risk of data loss, achieve security in their environment, and minimize downtime in the event of a disaster. In today’s fast paced technology environment, system updates occur regularly, staff changes frequently, agencies are adding cloud computing to their technology mix, and new technology is added to the data center. Creating the plan is only the first step. Environments aren’t static, and a good DR plan needs to keep pace. Jeff Grunewald, Force 3’s Data Center Practice Manager, discusses four things technology teams need to do to be fully prepared for a data center disaster here on GovDataDownload.

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