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By maya_girish ·
I would like to know the types & details of off-site hardware facilities available in case of a disaster to the primary physical facility? ex.Hot Site, Warm Site etc.

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by eBob In reply to Disaster Recovery Alterna ...

The specific names might be different but here's a stab at the options you might look for...

HOTSITE: This is a facility that has enough boxes on standby, configured to match your environment. It also has sufficient communication facilities to plug your network in (to support remote sites and so on) and someplace to setup your users, printers etc. The most useful hotsite has client workstations on standby. All you have to do is shopw up with your backup tape, load up and run. (Of course it'll never be this easy, but...) Oh, this is VERY expensive.

WARMSITE: Like a hot site, but with lesser degrees of resources comitted to YOUR needs. For example, the servers might be a resource shared among several clients with similar requirements. This might be a problem if these other clients have disasters when you have yours.

TIMESHARE: This is just my own term, borrowed from the old days of timeshares on mainframes. But some DR facilities will allocate some space on a network, or serveror mainframe (as appropriate for your requirements). In the event of a disaster, you show up with your backup tapes, and only afew users. You get back only a moderate degree of functionality, with the idea that your business can "limp" along until the real problem gets fixed.

STANDBY BOXES: (Hot or Warm, as above) but these are just boxes. You might be able to have an arrangement with your hardware provider to guarantee you a box, delivered at one of your sites. You become responsible for configuring it, hooking it up to a suitable network, and loading from your most appropriate backup.

A viable option for a lot of organisations with more than one location in the same "metropolitan area" but separated by a reasonable distance is to mirror a configuration at each site. So is site "A" goes down (as in "blows up, real good"), you can get their business systems running at Site "B".

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by csmith In reply to Disaster Recovery Alterna ...

If you are a critical business (Bank, Brokerage, Hospital, etc.) you want a mirror site.
Otherwise just go with offsite tape backup.
The economics won't justify anything else.
Regards, Chris

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