Click here to read Virtualization is the Future Pt. 1.

Welcome to the Virtualization is the Future series. This is a three-part series where we will explore why virtualization is the future of IT environments. In Part 2, we will discuss how virtualization enables you to leverage new IT resiliency methods.

A study by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), integrated, full-service IT analytics and business strategy firm, published a whitepaper titled How to Accelerate IT Resiliency Through Virtualization which dove in to the topic of virtualization as it related to protection solutions. Information and statistics from this whitepaper are used in this blog.

Despite virtualized environments having their share of challenges and obstacles, they enable you to translate its innate flexible nature in to new IT resiliency methods. The ability to protect an entire VM (configuration, OS and data) makes the whole server portable. This added portability can be leveraged to allow for new data protection and IT resiliency, specifically when utilizing the Cloud.

ESG performed a second survey about respondents’ uses of Cloud Services to deliver disaster-recovery-as-a-service. The most common answer was the enablement of disaster recovery. The respondents gave the following answers:

  • 2/3 of respondents were using Cloud infrastructures for backup/recovery and disaster recovery.
  • 1/3 of managers reported the availability of virtual servers simplified their process for disaster recovery testing.
  • 23% of respondents reported an increased in their disaster recovery testing.

What does this mean for users? For one, users are seeing the benefit of utilizing the Cloud as part of their data protection strategy. The Cloud acts as an added level of protection. Whenever local recovery efforts fail or are otherwise inaccessible, the Cloud is the security net where you can be sure your data is safe and always accessible.

Secondly, your ability to easily and more frequently test your disaster recovery process ensures that you will be safe when disaster occurs. That means both validating that the replicated images are viable, and validating the entire process so that you know exactly what to do when disaster strikes.

Virtualized environments and Cloud infrastructures compliment each other well. Because virtual environments are much more portable, protection solutions that leverage this unique feature enable its users to simply and validate their protection processes.

To read the official ESG whitepaper, click here: How to Accelerate IT Resiliency Through Virtualization

Yoav Naveh