Instant Virtualization. Do You Really Need It?

April 13, 2015

Instant Virtualization. Do You Really Need It?

By Ian O'Brien

The answer to that really depends on how fast you want access to your data following a disruption. And remember, we’re not just talking backup here. This is about full access to a business’ data and systems.

Picture this … the call comes in that CryptoLocker has hit, the server failed, or human error is causing havoc. The next scene is of a s-l-o-w-l-y dripping water faucet or an exaggerated s-l-o-w-l-y ticking clock. You get the idea, the waiting. That’s how a business feels while waiting for its data to be restored and for business operations to resume.

Whether it’s your business, or the business you’re providing IT support for, waiting is not a good feeling. Nor is it good for business.Productivity stops. Revenue stops. Customer service stops. Every business has a different Recovery Time Objective (RTO), but according to Aberdeen Group, the cost of downtime across all businesses is a staggering $163,674 per hour. And this doesn’t take into account potential loss of revenue, compliance regulations, etc. Needless to say, when it comes to downtime, time is money.

That brings us back to Instant Virtualization. Do you really need it? In short, absolutely!

It’s important to note, however, that not all backup solutions can deliver instant virtualization. The more manual a solution, for example, the further away it is from “instant”. Traditional solutions, like tape, fall into this category. With tape, the time to restore data can be hours, days, or even weeks.

There are five key elements that form the foundation of true Instant Virtualization.

  1. Image-based backup. Ensures that a business’ entire system, not just individual files, are backed up–and available when needed.
  2. Screenshot Backup Verification. What good is a backup, or restore for that matter, if the backup is not valid. Screenshot Backup Verification provides automated confirmation that a valid backup has been taken.
  3. Images saved as VMDKs at time of initial backup. This ensures lightning-fast restores.
  4. Hybrid cloud-based solution. The ability to virtualize on-site and off-site guarantees access to data and systems, regardless where the original disruption occurred.
  5. Business continuity. Because what good is instant access if you can’t keep your business running.

The faster a business can be back on track, the better. To see Instant Virtualization in action, check out this short video.

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