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White paper: Disaster Recovery in Virtualised Environments

Mon 19 Sep 2016

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In today’s always-on, information-driven organizations, business continuity depends completely on IT infrastructures that are up and running 24/7. The costs of downtime are huge and data loss can put a company out of business.

Data loss is not only caused by natural disasters, power outages, hardware failure and user errors, but more and more by software problems and cybersecurity-related disasters. Therefore thorough security and business continuity strategies are crucial for modern businesses, minimising data loss and downtime. As data centres become more and more software-defined, these private, hybrid and public clouds become more vulnerable to these kinds of threats.

Though virtualized environments bring a lot of efficiency benefits to business, these benefits are not extended into the realm of disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC). Most DR/BC solutions are still based on physical entities, arrays, and appliances, and lack the ability to scale with the amount of data modern organisations produce. Many of the benefits achieved through virtualisation can therefore be lost because of the management overhead and the complexity of aligning a virtualisation strategy with disaster recovery tools designed for physical environments. Virtualisation-aware BC/DR solutions are needed to overcome this.

In this booklet, Zerto provides insight into the challenges, needs, strategies, and available solutions for disaster recovery and business continuity – especially in modern, virtualised environments and the public cloud. We will also explain which benefits and efficiencies Zerto Virtual Replication delivers and how it compares to other BC/DR technologies.

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