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Choosing a Hot-Site Vendor

ByPhilip Jan Rothstein

Two common methods of operations backup are hot sites and cold sites. Hot sites are fully equipped, ready-to-run computer centers designed to be activated when a subscriber declares that a disaster has occurred. Cold sites are ready-to-use facilities without computers or communications equipment in place. Other options include using company-owned facilities. Although using a hot site can be an expensive option, an organization whose survival depends on its computer processing capability may find that it is ultimately the most costeffective choice. This chapter provides some guidelines on choosing a hotsite vendor.