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Geographic Separation

Geographic Separation

From Chace Audio

Geographic separation is the strategy of storing critical data (i.e., backups) in two locations, one of which lies outside the physical walls of the main facility where the data is typically archived, and preferably in a completely different geographic area. Geographic separation is a crucial part of a disaster recovery plan. Examples include taking a tape copy off-site, having a backup copy in a different state, or keeping a copy on the other side of an earthquake fault zone.

Geographic separation also refers to a preferred method of creating duplicate master tapes and storing them in separate physical locations.