Hot, warm, cold: What’s the best DR site for your company?


This article can also be found in the Premium Editorial Download "Storage magazine: Hot, warm, cold: Pick the right disaster recovery site."

Download it now to read this article plus other related content.

Figuring out what kind of disaster recovery (DR) site your organization needs requires careful planning, and you will have to balance costs against any risks.

Requires Free Membership to View

One of the toughest disaster recovery (DR) issues to resolve -- and potentially one of the most expensive decisions in a DR plan -- is determining the type of recovery site your organization will use. The options (cold sites, warm sites and hot sites) can keep you awake at night as you try to figure out which one is best for your organization. The reality is that any of these options can help your organization recover from a disaster, and with some careful planning they can also help you protect critical data.

Recovery site options can vary significantly in cost; we’ll provide some guidance to help you determine the most appropriate recovery site setup, and also give you an idea of what you should expect to pay for private facilities and third-party services.

According to Ted Brown, CBCP, MBCI, CBCV, and president and CEO at KETCHConsulting, a business continuity (BC)/DR consultancy in Waverly, Pa., a good way to think of these various options is as alternate sites. “The development of alternate sites came from the need to protect data centers,” Brown said, and within each data center are hardware and software, physical facilities, a variety of systems and services, and operational/critical data needed to run the business.

There are two fundamental alternate site arrangements: internal and external. “If you have the need and the funding, you can design and build an internal recovery site, typically a second data center, to provide the resources you need to recover and resume data center operations following a disaster at the primary data center,” Brown said. Companies with very large information requirements and aggressive recovery time objectives (RTOs) are more likely to have internal recovery arrangements.

This was first published in January 2012

There are Comments. Add yours.

TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: