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What are alternate processing facilities?

In order to mitigate the risk of exposure to these issues, organizations will need to set forth “back-up” plans. Some of these plans will require the use of alternative processing facilities such as a cold site, a warm site, or a hot site.

Cold site – A cold site is a type of disaster recovery plan that in the event of a natural or human disaster, an organization will have an office space, but it will require that the company provides and installs its own equipment. The advantages of a cold site is that it is generally more cost effective, however it will take longer for a company to get back to functioning as it normally would.

Warm site – A warm site is a type of disaster recovery plan that in the event of a disaster, an organization will have a space that already has the required software and hardware to operate within a reasonable period of time. The main difference between a warm site and a hot site, is that a warm site will usually have required items to operate sufficiently but does not have the exact hardware that an organization would have otherwise used.

Hot site – A hot site is a type of disaster recovery plan that in the event of a disaster, the organization will have a space that is fully equipped to recontinue its business in a nearly instantaneous amount of time.

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