An alternate processing site which is equipped with some hardware, and communications interfaces, electrical and environmental conditioning which is only capable of providing backup after additional provisioning, software or customization is performed. A designated standby site equipped and serviced to a level which will allow the organization to resume essential operations before their non-availability threatens business viability.
Wide Area Disaster
A catastrophic event that impacts a large geographic area and requires emergency services and civil authorities to take control.
Work Area Facility
A pre-designated space provided with desks, telephones, PCs, etc. ready for occupation by business recovery teams at short notice.
Work Area Recovery Planning
The business continuity planning process of identifying the needs and preparing procedures and personnel for use at the work area facility.
Work Area Recovery (WAR)
The component of recovery and continuity which deals specifically with the relocation of a key function or department in the event of a disaster, including multiple elements, e.g.: personnel, essential records, equipment supplies, work space, communication facilities, work station computer processing capability, fax, copy machines, mail services. Office recovery environment complete with necessary office infrastructure (desk, telephone, workstation, hardware, communications). Restoration of office activities at an alternative location which provides desks, telephony, office systems and networking capability.
Alternative procedures that may be used by a functional unit(s) to enable it to continue to perform its critical functions during temporary unavailability of specific application systems, electronic or hard copy data, voice or data communication systems, specialized equipment, office facilities, personnel, or external services.