Symantec 2008 Disaster Recovery Research

According to Symantec Corp.’s 2008 annual Symantec Disaster Recovery Research Report, 35% of virtual servers aren’t covered in organizations’ disaster recovery (DR) plans. In addition, only 37% of those surveyed back up all of their virtual systems. The primary reason cited for insufficient data protection and disaster recovery of virtualized servers is a lack of resources. IT departments that are already stretched to their limits don’t have the time to put workable disaster recovery plans in place for many of their virtualized systems. And the tools for protecting physical and virtual servers differ in many cases, resulting in higher training, labor and software costs. Notwithstanding the challenges identified in the Symantec survey, protecting virtual server data and virtual machines (VMs) is simpler and more cost effective than protecting physical servers.

You must say that you need a lot of money to build a DR solution. That only big companies can afford VMware vSphere for 2 different sites along with 2 VMware SRM setup, 2 SAN storage devices, and a dark fiber in between…

Fortunately, virtualization helps here. Your small-business customer can leverage virtual machine replication by replicating via a tool from a company like Vizioncore to a hosting facility that provides a hosted virtual environment. For example, Houston-based iLand Internet Solutions will work with the channel to provide customers with a hosted virtual environment that they can replicate to. Companies like this have reseller programs established that allow storage solution providers to participate in several ways.


About PiroNet

Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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