Disaster preparedness is a necessity for any business, regardless of size or industry, because mission-critical data and applications must always be safe and accessible during major disruptions. Firms that struggle to recover such resources after devastating incidents will likely experience prolonged periods of downtime, significantly impacting productivity and revenue opportunities.
Virtualization and cloud computing are two of the most effective disaster recovery solutions available. CloudTweaks contributor Marc Malizia recently highlighted the advantages of both technologies when it comes to keeping corporate resources safe from harm.
Virtualization allows businesses to no longer maintain a secondary data location that mirrors the primary site, Malizia explained. Also, rather than run 100 physical servers, firms with virtual environments can operate 100 virtual servers with only 10 physical ones, reducing real estate requirements and energy consumption.
The cloud is also a cost-effective technology for disaster recovery. Malizia noted that hosted environments are scalable, allowing businesses to add more storage capacity or computing power when needed without spending for more physical servers or hardware.
Cloud and virtualization meeting demands of SMBs
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with limited resources cannot afford to neglect disaster preparedness. SMBs that experience downtime may end up losing more than just a few days’ worth of productivity if clients and consumers are upset with a lack of available service.
A survey conducted by a security vendor found that SMBs are relying more heavily on innovative technologies like cloud computing and virtualization for disaster recovery. Steve Cullen, senior vice president at the security firm, highlighted the benefits of a thorough preparedness plan and how certain solutions can help.
“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 Cullen.
The survey found that 43 percent of SMBs have adopted private clouds, while 40 percent have done so with public models. Since migrating mission-critical resources to hosted environments, 40 percent of respondents said their disaster preparedness has improved.
Overall, more than a third of SMBs expect to leverage server virtualization in some capacity for disaster recovery, the survey said.
Rather than rely too heavily on on-site data backups that can be damaged or destroyed during disasters, firms should strongly consider using technologies like the cloud and virtualization to keep operations intact during future disruptions.