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October 2008, Vol. 5

Virtualizing disaster recovery infrastructure

If your organization has embarked on using virtualization but now struggles with more advanced deployments, you’re not alone. Like others, you’ve probably incurred benefits from your first phase of deployment, but the second phase presents its own challenges. Many companies first delved into server virtualization by consolidating servers to achieve cost savings and reduce power consumption, conserve space, and eliminate idle physical resources. But now they’ve expanded deployment to encompass new goals like improved disaster recovery (DR). Indeed, according to the Data Center Decisions 2008 Purchasing Intentions Survey of more than 600 IT professionals, the second most popular use of server virtualization deployment was for disaster recovery, with more than 40% of respondents using virtualization technologies for DR. Now, with server virtualization, organizations can create virtual machines (VMs) that serve as backup servers when primary servers fail or in the event of a data center disaster. Virtualization enables organizations...

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  • VDI assessment guide

    Wait! Don't implement VDI technology until you know your goals and needs. A VDI assessment should consider the benefits of a VDI ...

  • Guide to calculating ROI from VDI

    Calculating ROI from VDI requires a solid VDI cost analysis. Consider ROI calculation models, storage costs and more to determine...

  • Keep the cost of VDI storage under control

    Layering, persona management tools and flash arrays help keep virtual desktop users happy and VDI storage costs down.