No one likes to think about disasters, but they are a very real risk and normally strike when you are least expecting it. The fact that many companies shy away from the conversation means that many are ill prepared when such an event hits..
Statistically speaking, “40% of all businesses that experience a disaster never re-open. Of the remaining businesses, 25% close within the following two years.” (Reference – US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics.) This is irrespective of size a small/medium company is just as vulnerable as a large corporate.
The question is coming up time and time again about Virtualisation… Companies hear about how fantastic it is and decide that they want a piece of the action. However, all is not quite as rosy as it seems.
Whilst Virtualisation may save a little space, it certainly is more expensive than normal servers. It is also placing all your eggs in one basket, which is not strategically a good idea for obvious reasons. Having said that, there are ways to make it more resilient, but again, this costs a lot more money.
Many organisations today are looking to find different ways to make there IT go further. Being the back bone of every company, infrastructure also need to be robust, offering high availability (HA) with little or no down time and quick recovery times in the event of failure.
With the ever changing IT industry and the demand for more speed and power with higher resilience, more and more companies are considering the idea of virtual infrastructure for presenting users with information, applications and even the operating systems they need to do their jobs effectively.