Hidden within the jumble of a mixed platform datacenter is a secret. All those virtual resources can actually be used for more than simply virtual machine recovery. One wonderful thing about virtualization is that virtual machines can be used to run many different types of workloads. This flexibility can, and should be applied to disaster recovery. Why not create a virtual recovery platform that can offer protection for all your workloads including physical, virtual, Windows, and Linux.
Virtual recovery plans can simplify and in some cases eliminate a lot of the platform specific headaches of recovering from a disaster.
The typical process to recovery a physical server could be:
1. Find or buy equivalent or compatible physical server
2. Install operating system
3. Install patches and updates
4. Install applicable application
5. Install patches and updates
6. Upload backup data
8. Pray some more to a god of a different denomination, just in case
Using virtual recovery almost all those steps can be made a thing of the past.
The process to recover a physical server can be as simple as:
1. Power on virtual equivalent
2. Be thankful you no longer have to deal with physical servers any more
A far more elegant approach to disaster recovery and ultimately can save a great deal of time as well.
I explore the challenges of designing an effective disaster recovery plan for the modern multi-platform data center in a webcast next month:The Changing Face of Disaster Recovery – Update Your Disaster Recovery Plans with Virtualization. It’s the second of a four part series on disaster recovery.