ESG: A New Approach to Virtualized Disaster Recovery

In an ESG survey conducted in the fall of 2010, 74% of respondents from large midmarket and enterprise-class organizations said their organizations were currently using server virtualization. They also expected massive expansion in their use of server virtualization over the next two years. While organizations continue to reap consolidation benefits such as reduced costs and greater efficiency, most implementations are focused on lower priority Web applications and file and print services. These consolidation benefits, while exciting, are only the tip of the iceberg. ESG research also noted that as virtual implementations expand and mature, organizations start to gain benefits that infiltrate the organization—in particular, streamlined application provisioning, maintenance, availability, and data protection processes.

Virtualization and Mission-critical Applications

It’s a different story for mission-critical, tier-1 applications such as performance-oriented database and transactional applications. Despite its growth and obvious benefits, virtualization of mission-critical applications continues to lag; the significant majority of those surveyed (59%) are not yet virtualizing tier-1 applications. In addition, while 57% have virtualized Web-based applications and 53% have virtualized file and print services, only 35% have virtualized tier-1 databases, 28% ERP, and 27% CRM.

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From The Report:

  • Many infrastructure functions can now be managed at the hypervisor level – will replication move to the hypervisor as well?
  • Could hypervisor-based DR support the high-level requirements of enterprise-class data?
  • Undersand the BC/DR requirements for virtualized, mission-critical applications?
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