In September, Hurricane Ike devastated the Gulf Coast region of Texas, forcing thousands of people to evacuate from the area, including many Houston residents. Once power was restored and residents were allowed to return to their homes and jobs, DBAs and IT pros were charged with getting their organizations’ SQL Server instances and databases back up and running. So now that you're SQL Server environment has been restored, we want to hear how effective your disaster recovery process and database backups were.

Did you have a disaster recovery plan in place before Hurricane Ike? If so, did it fully prepare you for restoring your SQL Server databases? Also, did you run into any unexpected challenges while you were restoring access to your SQL Server? Did you have to replace any of your hardware because of Hurricane Ike? What advice would you give DBAs and IT pros who are putting together their disaster recovery plans? Your answers to these questions will provide SQL Server Magazine readers with the information they need to create an effective disaster recovery plan for their environment. You can send your Hurricane Ike disaster recovery story to mkeller@sqlmag.com or letters@sqlmag.com, or you can tell your story in the reader comments section of this blog page.

For more information about creating a disaster recovery plan, see the following SQL Server Magazine articles: