Business Continuity and Backups in the Virtual World

Virtualization has really become a mainstream technology and an effective way for organizations to reduce costs. Virtualization simplifies processes but also creates new information security risks to handle. This article is concerned with business continuity and how virtualization can create many new opportunities and efficiencies in your business continuity plan. This is the third article in a series on virtualization.

Specifically, three elements of business continuity that can be enhanced through virtualization. These elements are hot, warm, and cold sites, which provide redundancy in case a single site goes down.  Snapshots record changes to the virtual machines to protect against data loss or server downtime, offering fast and easy restoration to the snapshot.  Virtualization is also an excellent platform for testing since servers can be easily created, saved, and cloned. If you have not considered virtualization in your business continuity plan, I hope you will add it to your implementation plan.

About The Author

Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

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