Are Virtualization Plans a Recipe for Disaster?

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-21-2013
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Are Virtualization Plans a Recipe for Disaster?

Necessary Evil  63% of those using more than one system find this approach disruptive to their jobs.

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.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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