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Virtualization can help improve data backup

Stephen Perkins

Organizations are becoming more technologically aware and advanced than they have been in past years, including the adoption of virtualization to help increase efficiency and have more flexibility. IT professional Kelvin Clibbon said on Virtual-Strategy Magazine that this has also affected how data backup and planning has been done across businesses.

"The business continuity plans IT put in place even just five years ago are very different than what companies realistically need to have in place today," he wrote. "Although virtualization provides many potential benefits to an IT organization or business, it also puts increased pressure on business continuity planning. Understanding and keeping up with these changes will help organizations understand how to best take advantage of virtualization's full recovery capabilities, as well as the potential limitations."

Some benefits of virtualization can include:
- Recovery time can be made easier and quicker if coupled with virtualization
- Hardware investments are no longer as necessary once virtualization is in place
- Data becomes more highly available than it has been

However, companies will also have to look out for some downsides to the technology, including increased complexity, more downtime risk for businesses due to reliance on internet and the requirement of a disaster recovery plan to be formed as early as possible.

IT analyst George Crump wrote on TechTarget that companies sometimes overlook the space and bandwidth requirements of data backup when looking into virtualization, a mistake no business should make. Companies need to understand the advantage of the technology and any effect it could have on other aspects of the business. Properly implementing virtualization can make everything far easier for a business, but incorrectly doing so can turn data backup into a nightmare.

Categories: Data Management