Plan For Disaster Recovery With Server Virtualization

April 16, 2014 5:00 am0 comments

Ensure Your Business Stays Functional Even If You Experience Server Hiccups

Having a disaster recovery plan is critical; without one, your business may not be able to come back from events such as data loss, service interruptions, and other unforeseen occurrences.

Here’s a look at some of the consequences of downtime and how server virtualization can help you prepare and come back.

DRPThe High Cost of Downtime

Unplanned downtime costs businesses an average of $7900/minute. The average length of downtime events is about 90 minutes. Using those two averages, it’s easy to see that even a short outage can have disastrous consequences.

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In addition to the direct monetary costs of outages, there are a number of indirect costs also associated with outages:

  • Customers may seek out competitors when they have technical problems.
  • Trust in your brand may be harmed.
  • Productivity goes down as employees wait for access.
  • Project deadlines may need to be pushed back.

It’s also important to realize that it’s not a matter of if downtime is going to happen but when.

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In the past 24 months, 91% of data centers have experienced some unplanned downtime. You need to be prepared.

How Server Virtualization Can Help

The good news is that there are steps you can take to limit the consequences of downtime. Virtualization is one such step. In addition to saving you money and limiting management costs, virtualization can help your business get back up and running after a natural or man-made disaster. Here’s an overview of how virtualization can benefit your business:

  • Data and software are backed up to multiple machines.
  • You’re guarded against downtime, even if a machine or two fail.
  • It’s easier to boot systems at a different location.
  • Full recovery speed is faster: just four hours, on average, versus traditional tape systems.
  • Since virtual machines are independent from underlying hardware, older machines can be used for recovery systems to reduce costs.

What steps are you taking to mitigate your downtime costs?

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Matt Smith
Matt Smith works for Dell and has a passion for learning and writing about technology. Outside of work he enjoys entrepreneurship, being with his family, and the outdoors.
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