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Beyond Data Backup:Contingency Workspace

Written by  Mike Ulicki

It’s not simply a matter of finding alternative space. An officemust be provisioned with desks, PCs, printers, copiers, phones, networkconnectivity, and other infrastructure accoutrements, giving users aplace and a means to access the data that you’ve so carefullybacked up. Many organizations cannot afford the business interruptionrequired to put all these components in place. Hours, days, or evenweeks of downtime may be involved, triggering revenue losses or worse.These realities have given rise to a relatively new concept in the worldof business continuity planning: the workspace recovery service. Thisservice allows businesses to contract for office space outfitted withall the necessities — from wiring and basic equipment to cubicles,conference, rooms and even kitchens — that sits vacant until needed.Multiple companies contract for the same space on a just-in-case basis,eliminating the burden of paying for a fully mirrored site of one’s