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Cost Effective DR Implementation With Virtualization

Written by  RICHARD DOLEWSKI Monday, 02 May 2011 15:42

Is your disaster recovery plan set up for “virtual” success or a “real” nightmare? Traditional disaster recovery planning is critical to an organization but not easy to implement. In most production data centers today IT is forced to manage a mixed environment of heterogeneous hardware and software platforms. With business leaders focused on continuous improvement, IT managers are forced to tighten capital expenditures and contain costs while delivering a highly available, resilient, and agile IT infrastructure. In this highly demanding environment, IT staff must also demonstrate disaster recovery capabilities that meet the ever-changing business continuity metrics.Why do so many traditional disaster recovery (DR) technology strategies under-perform and under-deliver? The simple answer is that a recovery plan using a physical server deployment that is equivalent in number to the production data center can be very complex. Delivering repeatable disaster recovery solutions with non-standard hardware and software platforms with already over-utilized human