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Virtualization for Disaster Recovery

Written by  JOSEPH E. STARZYK, PMP April 21, 2009

For years, many companies have been faced with challenges related to providing backup and recovery for infrastructures, technologies and networks in order to protect their critical business processing capabilities. Much of this effort has been driven by the need to provide a recovery design that was cost-effective and leveraged as much of the information technology (IT) investment as possible, while still providing adequate coverage to help protect the company from an adverse event that could compromise business results. Years ago, when mainframes ruled, many companies opted for secondary data centers. Here, companies could offset key production workloads, oftentimes running tests and development on this secondary capacity to provide adequate capability to recover and fulfill their primary processing requirements. Over time, this approach has become more difficult to manage and coordinate, as increased capacities became required to run the expanded workloads. Larger and more complex environments were being developed to run the work,

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