Virtual Machines Are The Ultimate Disaster Recovery Tool

Virtualization techniques simply could not be more conducive to disaster recovery. Virtual machines can be created, replicated, destroyed and restored with agility and ease, making it easier than ever to solidify powerful recovery and continuity strategies. While you may need to rethink your organization's approach to IT to make the leap to the virtual age, the benefits are endless once you do, and streamlined DR is just one more reason to pull the trigger. Here are a few reasons why traditional recovery solutions pale in comparison to the next generation of virtual BC and DR.

1. Old-school backup is a drag: If you've been around the IT world for a while, you know how much of a hassle it can be to construct a reliable recovery strategy using traditional server setups. According to an article from ComputerWeekly, completely replacing failed tech assets stood as the go-to strategy in a crisis. While some organizations had additional servers ready to go on the back burner, this was a cumbersome way to navigate IT through a disaster. Even if backups were available, they were rarely more relevant than a full day - not very helpful.

2. Virtualized DR is cheap: Consider all the expenses of a traditional DR plan and replace them with a layer of software that quickly replicates and restores any recovery point objective imaginable. This shift can result in huge cost savings, especially if you have long relied on some of the tedious conventional approaches listed above. ComputerWeekly pointed out that with frequent backup snapshots and fast restore times, virtualized DR can deliver value in a number of unexpected ways, as well.

3. Recover every element of IT: Your tech footprint has likely expanded significantly in the past five years, including a range of remote access points, cloud computing environments and other hosted services that must be accounted for in your DR plan. Conventional methods may suffice for the immediate domain you control on-premises, but anything beyond your walls is a coin toss when it comes to managing a crisis situation. With VMs on your side, you can ensure speedy and reliable recovery for all of your end users, mobile or otherwise. This is a huge boost to the resilience of your enterprise mobility strategy and the overall strength of your remote workforce, especially if you have transitioned to a virtual desktop infrastructure.