Virtualization and cloud computing have both changed the modern data backup landscape in many ways. Rather than relying solely on on-site devices, which can be damaged or destroyed during disruptions, firms can now maintain operational efficiency by having continued access to their most critical information.
InformationWeek’s George Crump recently explained the capabilities of virtual and cloud environments when it comes to disaster preparedness. The modern data center has come a long way in recent years. If a company experiences a disruption, it can recover nearly instantaneously and with 100 percent accuracy, according to Crump. Before, it would take hours and involve many complexities.
The writer explained that virtualization also makes it easier for organizations to recover a failed application. Firms leveraging virtual environments no longer have to configure a server, because they can migrate a copy of a virtual machine (VM) to their data center. Even small businesses with limited resources and small data centers can take advantage of the technology in this regard.
Although the advantages of virtualization are immense, Crump noted that firms can experience issues associated with transferring VMs. In many cases, the size and speed of a company’s network will have a major impact on such capabilities.
Downtime no match for virtualization and cloud computing
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) especially cannot afford to experience extended periods of downtime, because these firms cannot miss out on any opportunities to generate revenue. Instead of experiencing a debilitating disruption, SMBs can use technologies like virtualization and cloud computing to stay open.
A survey conducted by a security vendor found that more than a third of SMBs expect to adopt server virtualization to address their recovery needs. The study found that 43 percent of respondents have implemented private clouds and 40 percent have done so with public models. Of these respondents, 40 percent said their disaster preparedness has improved since migrating to hosted environments.
Steve Cullen, senior vice president at the security provider, noted that SMBs are in a great position to adopt many technologies that can minimize the potential impact of future disasters.
“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.
Companies of all sizes using just on-site backups for disaster recovery should strongly consider the advantages of turning virtualization and cloud computing to keep operational efficiency intact.