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How Far is Really Far Enough Away?

Written by  Jim Larue, MBCP November 20, 2007

Many of us in disaster recovery and business continuity have been faced with a dilemma. Is the distance between the home site and alternate site far enough away? Three miles? Twenty-five miles? Fifty miles? Typically, those generic guidelines we've all heard are old standards adapted from military specifications. If asked by your customer or manager, how will you say for certain that the generic standard distance will, indeed, be far enough in your specific case? You might err on the side of caution, and place your alternate site or off-site storage location hundreds of miles away. That strategy though increases the costs for transportation and the time required getting to it if needed. It also might eliminate viable, nearby, no-cost facilities, forcing you to lease or contract for far away facilities or services. This article will present a methodology that will allow a business continuity professional with a light to

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