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Business Continuity is an area that every organization, and IT Executive, wants to maximize. Given the dynamic nature of business today, how can one stay on top of the ever changing suite of applications used within any organization? Cloud, On-premise, Hybrid, and SaaS applications all have very different data sets and wildly different BC requirements!
- Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are not synonymous.
- Disaster Recovery (DR) is simply the ability to preserve an organizations data and systems through a negatively impacting event.
- Business Continuity (BC) is what will allow an organization to continue to function during and following a negatively impacting event.
Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity are needs that can be incredibly expensive, resource intensive and error prone. Budget-squeezed organizations simply aren’t able to run as efficiently since they aren’t able to have their ideal scenario for data management. The result is a catastrophic failure at the worst possible time, during an actual emergency!
Thoughtfully designed BC environments can provide first-class disaster recovery without huge capital and operational investments. For example, using owned, leased-access, or hybrid cloud architecture provide more options today than ever before. This huge advance is largely brought to us through the benefits of virtualization technology. For most organizations that utilize commodity x86 or AMD servers, gone are the days of leased hardware, shared warm sites, or exactly duplicated infrastructure. The many advantages of virtualization is well beyond the scope of this paper, however, we will focus on one: the portability and interoperability of virtual machines across BC environments.