A 2012 study done by Gartner found that business continuity was the number one reason for a business to decide on virtualization.
This disaster recovery and backup solutions plan should include at least three considerations, which are addressed in this post. It is important to know that almost 75 percent of businesses that virtualized saw measurable improvement in their ability to recover from either natural or man made disasters.
Data is King
If you need a reason to think about virtualization for your business, keep in mind that data is king. Machines can be restored and applications reinstalled, but care is a requirement for data. Without the data, you could be up and running with nothing to do.
Data protection is a top priority. It must be safe from destruction and loss, which allows for quick recovery after a disaster. The care you give to data will determine the survival of your small business. Virtual storage plays a vital role in data preservation.
Plans for Infrastructure
Take a good look at your hardware and decide how your business could survive if this hardware / server structure experiences damage of any kind. Server virtualization shortens restoration time to the maximum of four hours because most of the work is done offsite – by someone else. This means you don’t have to rebuild any servers, applications or operating systems.
Each server is an independent information container, which can easily be up and running without intense work. It takes only a small collection of tools to convert physical hardware to virtual machinery that will be able to take the place of servers if they become non-functional. This needs to be part of your plan for business continuity under adverse conditions.
Consider a Consolidation
Consolidation is a term that means doing more with less. You could be running more virtual machines (VM) on less servers. This allows you to streamline your business recovery and follow up with a standard plan that you will always use in any disaster situation.
When you decide to take action, contact us to get a better understanding of the risks you must consider: floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, seasonal bursts of traffic to your website. Only then can you put a plan in place to deal with those potential risks. There are more benefits of virtualization, but these are the ones to consider before making a decision.