December 11, 2020

Minimize IT downtime with server virtualization recovery

By David Weiss

What is server virtualization?

Server virtualization is a server resource management method that splits up one physical server into many virtual machines. It is governed by specialized software called a hypervisor. Server virtualization improves server hardware usage, while reducing cost and complexity.

What is the difference between virtualization and recovery with virtualization?

Today, most 64-bit servers are virtualized, giving organizations the ability to make a single physical server function like multiple virtual machines (VM). Hypervisor software, such as VMware or Microsoft Hyper V, gives IT administrators the flexibility of allocating server resources such as CPU and memory to a VM dynamically. It also enables administrators to move VMs amongst hosts.

Datto SIRIS is an all in one BCDR solution that uses server virtualization to rapidly restore clients’ business operations. This feature is known as Instant Virtualization.

It enables Managed Service Providers to quickly boot a recovery VM from a backup. The recovery VM is typically used for a short period of time while the primary server is recovered. This ensures that end-user productivity is minimally impacted, optimizing recovery time objective (RTO) to minimize downtime and its associated costs.

Any Datto SIRIS backup can be utilized to create the recovery VM, either locally or in the Datto Cloud. In other words, MSPs can utilize either the most current backup, or one of any previous backup. This gives flexibility around recovery point objectives (RPO), and allows MSPs to select a “clean” backup image to restore from. This is particularly important for ransomware recovery.

Server Virtualization with Datto SIRIS
Instant Virtualization enables you to both virtualize on the appliance itself or in Datto’s secure cloud.

How can server virtualization reduce downtime?

In a world where reliance on technology is only increasing, Managed Service Providers (MSP) must ensure their clients’ data stays safe. We all know mistakes happen and even a few minutes downtime can be costly for some small businesses.

As a Managed Service Provider, your clients expect you to protect their data and ensure a quick recovery, if disaster strikes.

Data disasters come in all forms. From human error, to cyber attacks and even hardware failure, it’s important to be prepared for the worst. This is where a business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solution comes into play.

If a server goes down, Datto’s BCDR solution, SIRIS can ensure the business keeps running and downtime costs are minimized. Datto SIRIS opens up new service opportunities by enabling MSPs to offer Disaster Recovery as a service (DRaaS) to their clients.

When a physical server or virtual machine (VM) is corrupted or is unavailable, it can be recovered with Datto SIRIS. Instant Virtualization enables you to both virtualize on the appliance itself or in Datto’s secure cloud. You can even execute this process remotely via our cloud management portal. This enables MSPs to remotely manage their BCDR appliances and enact server virtualization in a matter of minutes.

Datto SIRIS is a BCDR solution that’s built for MSPs from the ground up and with no extra charges. Experience Datto SIRIS for yourself, schedule a demo today.

Benefits of Datto Instant Virtualization

Reducing IT downtime is critical to ensuring a businesses survival in the modern world. Datto SIRIS enables managed service providers to recover rapidly with our advanced server virtualization technology, built-in to our BCDR solutions.

  • Keeps client data safe
  • Recovery locally or in the immutable Datto Cloud
  • Fully cloud managed – saving you time & onsite trips
  • Backups continue while running from the virtual environment
  • Comprehensive & Easy to use GUI
  • Predicable billing and no extra fees

On top of the technology, Datto prides itself on being 100% channel only delivering a true partnership with our MSPs. That’s why all of our technology is backed by Datto’s renowned 24x7x365 direct-to-tech support.

Datto SIRIS enables managed service providers to recover systems with server virtualization, or via a range of other options.

How to get started with Datto SIRIS?

As an MSP we know that you need technology solutions that you can rely on. When it comes to business continuity you need to look no further than Datto SIRIS. Instant Virtualization is just one of the many features that enables you to provide a relisant BCDR service to your clients. Datto’s team of solutions engineers are ready to demonstrate SIRIS at a time that suits you.

Request a demo to discover how SIRIS can help your business grow and protect your clients.

Which systems can be recovered with Instant Virtualization?

Datto SIRIS supports servers running Windows (XP SP3 and all subsequent major Windows versions) and Linux (64-bit) operating systems along with VMware ESXi and Microsoft HyperV.

All deployment options leverage Datto’s award-winning core technologies, 24x7x365 service, support, and cloud management portal.

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