Instant Virtualization. Do You Really Need It?

Instant Virtualization. Do You Really Need It?

The answer to that really depends on how fast you want access to your data following a disruption. And remember, we’re not just talking back up here. This is about full access to a business’ data and systems.

Picture this … the call comes in that Crypto Locker has hit, the server failed, or human error is causing havoc. Restoring the server to operation is taking an excessive amount of time and you can visualize you profits taking a nose dive.

Waiting for you data to be restored is not a good feeling. Nor is it good for business when Productivity stops, Revenue stops and/or Customer service stops.  Every business has a different (RTO), but according to Aberdeen Group, the cost of downtime across all businesses is a staggering $163,674 per hour. And this doesn’t take into account potential loss of revenue, compliance regulations, etc. Needless to say, when it comes to downtime, time is money.

That brings us back to Instant Virtualization. Do you really need it? In short, absolutely if your data is critical!

It’s important to note, however, that not all backup solutions can deliver instant virtualization. The more manual a solution, for example, the further away it is from “instant”.  Traditional solutions, like tape, fall into this category.  With tape, the time to restore data can be hours, days, or even weeks.

Other solutions can also delay getting back in businesses. Is your data in the cloud only? Can your internet connection support restoring large amounts for data quickly?

There are five key elements that form the foundation of true Instant Virtualization.

  1. Image-based backup. Ensures that a business’ entire system, not just individual files, are backed up–and available when needed.
  2. Screenshot Backup Verification. What good is a backup, or restore for that matter, if the backup is not valid.  Screenshot Backup Verification provides automated confirmation that a valid backup has been taken.
  3. Images saved as VMDKs at time of initial backup.  This ensures lightning-fast restores.
  4. Hybrid cloud-based solution. The ability to vitrualize on-site and off-site guarantees access to data and systems, regardless where the original disruption occurred.
  5. Business continuity.  Because what good is instant access if you can’t keep your business running.

The faster a business can be back on track, the better.

If you are considering a solution that includes Instant virtualization then give Harris Technology Services a call at 505.892.7364

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