Have You Developed a Comprehensive Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Data Center Operations?

Have you protected sensitive and vital information to your municipality?  Will you be able to maintain critical services to your customers in the event of a power or service failure at your data center?

These are questions every organization must answer sufficiently to ensure continuous operations — especially in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Whether your municipality experiences a natural disaster or a power outage caused by human error, disaster planning plays a critical role in making sure you survive any disruption. Being unprepared can result in huge losses.

Your plan should be a roadmap of how your local government will respond to all kinds of issues. You need to think through how you’ll protect your critical assets, such as your technology infrastructure and vital data.

According to a survey conducted by the Disaster Recovery Journal and Forrester Research, almost three-quarters of all organizations have a business continuity plan in place.

However, developing a plan is only the first step. Testing your plan on a regular basis is a crucial next step. Otherwise, how will you know your plan works if you don’t test it? Many organizations will simulate crashes within their data center and test the effectiveness of their current plan. Based on what they learn, they can tweak the plan so it becomes more responsive.

When it comes to disaster recovery planning, you must understand the threats your municipality could face from natural and man-made disasters. After identifying potential risks, you can then determine the recommended response. A good review and testing frequency for your plan might be once or twice each year.

Assess Your Local Government’s Data Center Risk

If you’d like to better understand your municipal government’s level of data center risk, take FairPoint Communications’ “Risk Assessment Questionnaire for Municipalities.” By answering nine multiple-choice questions, you’ll gain helpful insight into your municipality’s risk exposure – high-, medium- or low-risk.

FairPoint Communications’ data centers provide organizations with network connectivity and rack space in physically secure, reliable locations. Municipalities can use this space as primary or secondary data center sites. In addition, data center colocation space can also be employed as an essential part of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy. FairPoint’s data centers are strictly controlled environments with essential power, cooling, connectivity and physical security features.

For data center colocation services that address your municipal government’s requirements, call FairPoint Communications (1.866.984.4001) or visit www.FairPoint.com/businessclassdatacenter

Vice President
Karen Romano is Vice President, Government and Education at FairPoint Communications, a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England and 14 other states across the U.S.