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In IT, failure is not an option. Not surprisingly, organizations have made it a high priority to develop and implement reliable business continuity plans to ensure that IT services are always available to internal users and outside customers.
Looking at trends in disaster recovery (DR) planning from 2009, it has become clear that virtualization has become a critical consideration in DR planning and design.
Looking at trends in disaster recovery (DR) planning from 2009, it has become clear that virtualization has become a critical consideration in DR planning and design. A 2009 DR survey from Symantec Corp. found that 64% of organizations are re-evaluating disaster recovery plans based on virtualization. But why?
Virtualization is transforming the data center. But did you know that virtualization can increase the risk of application downtime? Find out what it takes to get the same level of high availability and disaster recovery protection in the virtual server environment as in the physical environment.
Virtualization is great for saving money and resources, but if you lose a virtual server you have larger bigger problems than if you had just lost a single server.
IT disaster recovery usually addresses three fundamental matters: protect the data first, the applications second, and then cover the sites that hold the data and applications. But there is a fourth dimension to data recovery: how it can help further strategic IT objectives. Do you see only the first three levels of DR in your organization?
Virtualization eliminates the need to constantly buy and provision new servers; it can create cost savings as significant as 50%.
Virtual server technologies provide government agencies with the ability to do more with less, enabling the consolidation of data and applications onto a single server.The result is reduced costs, simplified IT management, and minimized space requirements.
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IT managers have eagerly implemented virtualization to reap its many benefits: lower hardware and energy costs, more flexibility, faster responsiveness to changing and new applications, and improved resiliency.
But when disaster strikes, some IT managers find their disaster recovery techniques and hardware configuration have not kept pace with their changed production environment, and they’re stuck, along with their recovery times, in the previrtualization era.
For all organizations, the impact that a disaster can have on its business is significant. From small events such as a lost e-mail or corrupted files through to large-scale problems caused by fire or flooding, the cost of downtime can be huge. This can be particularly expensive, affecting not only the company’s brand but also the ability to serve customers, says Ian Masters, Double-Take Software.
Business continuity planning continues to be a necessary part of the IT strategy. However, it also has to adapt to the changing requirements of the organization, and play a greater role in the success that companies are aiming for. By changing focus and looking at how availability and IT skills can improve overall performance, the return on investment from business continuity does not have to wait until a disaster comes.
See Business Continuity: Insurance Policy Or An Opportunity To Improve? by Ian Masters.