Masters of natural disasters: IT survivors share DR tips and tricks

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Find out how these IT managers prepped for Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and more to get their companies back up and running

Natural and manmade disasters are facts of life. Smart IT managers prepare for the worst before trouble hits, so that the businesses and government institutions that rely on IT can resume normal operations as soon as possible.

So what are the nitty-gritty details of anticipating, managing and recovering from disaster? Network World spoke to IT experts and managers who have survived disasters to find out.

1. Identify what needs protecting
To successfully prepare for disaster, an IT manager first has to know what elements must be kept out of harm's way. Data is a no-brainer: Everything that matters should be replicated in a safe second location, either off-premises or in the cloud ­ or both, for redundancy's sake.

[ALSO: Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery lessons still popping up]

But data is just the beginning: Applications and the facilities to run them also need to be taken into account.

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