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Cold Site vs Hot Site

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A cold site is a work area for disaster recovery that is geographically separated from a firm's primary office location. It may include equipment but information services need to be configured and updated with current data before use.
A hot site is a work area for disaster recovery that includes reasonably up-to-date versions of required information systems and data. It can be used immediately in the case that access to an office is disrupted by a disaster such as a fire or earthquake.

Cold Site vs Hot Site

A cold site is cheaper to maintain but takes longer to get up and running when a disaster occurs. Hot sites are more expensive because they require regular maintenance and testing to ensure they are ready to use at all times. The choice between the two comes down to factors such as cost, the probability of a disaster at a particular location and the nature of a firm's business. For example, a firm that is involved in trading financial securities may require a hot site.

Warm Site

A warm site is a cold site that has equipment and recent backups of data. It isn't hot because data needs to be loaded and configured before use.
Cold Site vs Hot Site
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