For anyone tasked with developing an IT disaster recovery (DR) plan, the alphabet soup of DR options talked about today by service providers, software vendors, analysts and pundits can be truly bewildering. Against this backdrop, analysts like Gartner predict dramatic growth in both the consumption and hype of “cloudwashed” DR services. For example, John Morency of Gartner claims, ”RaaS has been hailed as a ‘killer’ cloud app for disaster recovery, but the reality is that there has been much hype and some truth.”
The focus of any IT company should be on innovation, not disaster recovery. Budget and resources should align with your business objectives, and when possible, non-revenue generating tasks should be outsourced.
Any company, large or small, that’s running business-critical applications must have a disaster recovery (DR) strategy that includes geographic redundancy. You need to have the ability to spin up certain virtual machines (VMs) and restart the important apps in the event of a data center outage or unplanned downtime.
If you are a Managed Virtualization (Private Cloud) customer you need to be aware of the virtualization-specific monitoring capabilities found within the customer portal. Knowing the current and historical resource utilization levels of your hypervisors, clusters and virtual machines can assist you with making procurement decisions that involve this infrastructure. The knowledge gleaned from this tool might point out that you have extra capacity available that can be used for internal projects, pilots or other applications that can be virtualized. Have a look at these four short videos to learn more and potentially leverage your configuration for the best possible ROI.