NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- While New York and neighboring states work on cleaning up post-Sandy, businesses are faced with the daunting task of getting back up and running after the superstorm's mega interruption. Many returning to work can expect to face a messy technology situation. Akiva Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Onsite In 60, a company based in Manhattan that supports businesses all over New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, has 5 critical steps that businesses in areas affected by superstorm Sandy should take to get their technology back up and running the right way.
1. Immediately launch a Business Continuity (BC) or Disaster Recovery (DR) plan. Goldstein, who has been helping companies throughout the affected areas launch BC/DR plans, explains that, "With Business Continuity, you are in your usual office and have the benefit of being able to use the infrastructure and backup mechanisms already in place, whereas with Disaster Recovery your usual office is unavailable and you need to set up an alternate office space."
2. Run a complete systems test remotely, before users return to the office. "Even servers completely turned off during the storm can usually be restarted remotely," Goldstein said.
3. Identify Internet issues. Goldstein said to first make sure your ISP is back up and stable with no fluctuations or resort to failover to a different wireless ISP or different Internet technology to get up and running ASAP.4. Identify any servers that may have been down due to power issues, and make sure there are no hardware issues upon restarting, which Goldstein assures should be the case 99% of the time. "Hot swap any damaged hardware," Goldstein said. "It is a much cheaper option these days than even two to three years ago."