The rule of thumb for disaster recovery planning is to have your off-site
tape backups or off-site backup servers at least one half mile away from
the main operating site. It is interesting to note that this rule of thumb
failed for some companies in New York city last month. It was the companies
that had backup sites outside of the city that had a relatively smooth
Joe Budzyn [log in to unmask]
301 Computer Center Ph: (517) 355-4500 x162
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48864
On Fri, 12 Oct 2001, Don Bosman wrote:
> I'd say you are probably insufficiently paranoid. Particularly regarding
> fire risks. The risk in distance being measured in yards is that a fire
> may very well spread to endanger the other buildings.
> The data on the tapes, if ever needed, might be priceless.
> I suggest a safety deposit box in a bank a couple of miles away,
> that happens to be on somebody's lunch route. Even if you buy lunch for
> making the trip it will be far less then the cost of a large media
> cabinet that is fire resistant or losing the data.