Prepping for Tropical Storm Hanna and maybe Hurricane Ike

My week at HTC has been filled with hurricane contengency planning and preparation.  For the most part, HTC is in a good state with two connected datacenters about 15 miles from each other and real-time replication for much of our data.  

Most of our planning is revolving around protecting the things that aren’t stretched or don’t have good roll-over plans between data centers.  In the past year, we’ve closed the gap on a lot of things that didn’t exist or couldn’t easily roll between datacenters.  VMware has been a big portion of that change and it makes disaster recovery much better.  

Today we’re running full backups and preparing and full set of backup tapes to be physically taken away with one of our managers and preparing to move a few redundant servers to the contengency site as a safety precaution.  

I’m interested – what are your preparations and what things would you be doing in our situation?

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Philip is a IT solutions engineer working for AmWINS Group, Inc., an insurance brokerage firm in Charlotte, NC. With a focus on data center technologies, he has built a career helping his customers and his employers deploy better IT solutions to solve their problems. Philip holds certifications in VMware and Microsoft technologies and he is a technical jack of all trades that is passionate about IT infrastructure and all things Apple. He's a part-time blogger and author here at

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