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Stepping It Up: Advancing Your Recovery Strategy by Integrating Virtualization and Replication

Written by  MATT CAREY

Imagine ABC Company recently completed an extensive server virtualization project to reduce their data center footprint, save costs associated with hardware purchasing and maintenance, and enhance their ability to recover from a disaster. As part of their new disaster recovery (DR) strategy, ABC set up a secondary environment within their primary location to serve as the fail-over infrastructure for their virtualized and physical IT systems. The IT team had researched extensively and heard about how virtualization could enhance their DR strategy given the inherent flexibility to start, stop, copy and provision virtual machines. In addition, as an extra step of protection, ABC even chose to back up their virtual systems to a local storage appliance and copied the critical data to tape for off-site storage.