Organizations should consider their DR capabilities in the context of the impact on staff and the long-term availability of the DR center. An extended outage or a far-removed facility may be impossible for you to support with your existing staff. Or, frankly, your staff just may not be available if you have a severe local disaster.
So how much can be automated to that center, in a lights-out, totally unmanaged fashion to allow failover to operate for an extended period? Also, what is the cost?
This was first published in August 2008