Cloud computing, virtualization answer the disaster recovery dilemma

Cloud computing, virtualization answer the disaster recovery dilemma

February 6

Cloud computing and virtualization are often named as viable disaster recovery solutions. Data Center Knowledge’s Bill Kleyman recently highlighted how the two technologies can help businesses protect their critical assets from major disruptions.

The writer explained that innovative technologies can help IT departments stay on their toes and become more agile. Firms that implement such solutions can reduce management expenditures and operate longer than with traditional deployments.

Companies can leverage cloud-based environments to improve site-to-site replication, enhance storage systems and gain greater control over their WAN, according to Kleyman. These advantages can be applied to a firm’s virtual machines, certain databases or specific data points. As a result, the cloud helps businesses minimize potential downtime.

In terms of virtualization, Kleyman explained that the process is easier compared to on-site systems because virtual machines can be recovered faster than physical devices. Administrators can keep their data centers flexible by having backups ready in case of an emergency.

Cloud, virtualization help SMBs recover from disasters
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with limited resources and staff levels cannot afford to experience significant downtime from disruptions. A survey conducted by Symantec found that some SMBs are turning to cloud computing and virtualization to protect their IT infrastructure during such incidents.

Overall, 43 percent of SMBs have implemented private clouds, followed by 40 percent that have done so with public deployments. Since migrating mission-critical assets to hosted environments, 40 percent of firms said their disaster preparedness has improved.

The survey also found that more than a third of SMBs have already deployed or are implement server virtualization technology.

“Technologies such as virtualization, cloud computing and mobility, combined with a sound plan and comprehensive security and data protection solutions, enable SMBs to better prepare for and quickly recover from potential disasters such as floods or fires, as well as lost or stolen mobile devices and laptops,” said Symantec Senior Vice President Steve Cullen.

Companies of all sizes and industries can experience a natural disaster at any moment. Just because a business has not suffered such a disruption does not mean it will not have to recover from one in the near future. Organizations that take advantage of innovative technologies like cloud computing and virtualization can at least ensure their most important assets are out of harm’s way.