Organizations may want to give the cloud a thought for their business continuity plan.

Businesses not prepared for disaster due to virtualization

Stephen Perkins

Organizations that are not virtualizing their environments correctly may have some problems with data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity, according to a recent survey. A report by one industry specialist said 44 percent of companies deploy critical applications across both physical and virtual environments, 24 percent are still hosting the majority of these programs on physical servers and a mere 4 percent of businesses house all critical applications virtually. The report said organizations need to make sure both sides of the infrastructure are appropriate protected in case of downtown.

"With today's evolving and agile infrastructure, businesses need to do more than simply develop a BC/DR plan and hope disaster never strikes," said the company's CEO. "Moving to a fully-virtualized environment doesn't happen overnight. As a result, many applications live in a kind of limbo, with some components on physical servers and other in the cloud during the migration."

Although virtualization is dynamic, it also makes it harder to keep a data backup and recovery plan up to date. Organizations must make sure they are properly managing all environments to ensure continuity.

Stephanie Balaouras, a senior analyst for virtualization strategies at Forrester Research, told Computerworld that companies must take the time to plan and explore their operations when merging these two worlds, otherwise data backup could become a serious issue.

Categories: Disaster Recovery