An interesting podcast sponsored by Qwest with Stephanie Balarous from Forrester Research discusses the elements of good disaster recovery and what you should consider when developing your own plan. An interesting podcast not only for the above elements but also as the discussion outlines the top reasons companies invoke their DR plans. The top three are Power Issues, Computer Hardware failure and Telecommunications issues. The discussion also centres on some of the things that you don’t consider that could cause a disaster in your data centre, such as rodents eating through cabling and a toilet overflowing into a data centre located on the floor beneath the affected rest room. Amazingly for IT people talking about disaster recovery, there was no mention of airplanes crashing into data centres or buses running over key personnel.