Pete, the system administrator, is reviewing his disaster recovery plans. He wishes to limit the downtime in the
event of a disaster, but does not have the budget approval to implement or maintain an offsite location that
ensures 99.99% availability. Which of the following would be Pete’s BEST option?
Use hardware already at an offsite location and configure it to be quickly utilized.
Move the servers and data to another part of the company’s main campus from the server room.
Retain data back-ups on the main campus and establish redundant servers in a virtual environment.
Move the data back-ups to the offsite location, but retain the hardware on the main campus for redundancy.
A warm site provides some of the capabilities of a hot site, but it requires the customer to do more work to
become operational. Warm sites provide computer systems and compatible media capabilities. If a warm site is
used, administrators and other staff will need to install and configure systems to resume operations. For most
organizations, a warm site could be a remote office, a leased facility, or another organization with which yours
has a reciprocal agreement.
Warm sites may be for your exclusive use, but they don’t have to be. A warm site requires more advanced
planning, testing, and access to media for system recovery. Warm sites represent a compromise between a hot
site, which is very expensive, and a cold site, which isn’t preconfigured.