Are Virtualization Plans a Recipe for Disaster?
Given perceived benefits such as lower costs and increased automation, the majority of CIOs and other IT decision-makers would like to move major applications to a virtualized environment—if they aren't there already. However, an alarming number of organizations remain lax about proactive disaster-recovery planning and testing, according to a recent survey from Neverfail. This could result in a chaotic disruption of business operations. To avoid this, CIOs must include business continuity strategies in any discussion of a virtualization initiative. "Moving to a fully virtualized environment doesn't happen overnight," says Martin Mackay, CEO of Neverfail. "As a result, many applications live in a kind of limbo, with some components on physical servers and others existing in the cloud during the migration. The dynamic nature of virtualization makes it harder to keep disaster-recovery plans up-to-date, putting critical operations at risk." Neverfail is an IT continuity management company. More than 250 CIOs and other IT decision-makers participated in the survey.