There are many options for creating the right disaster recovery strategy for you and your business. Virtualization, for example, is a way to decrease the amount of time needed to perform a full restoration. This capability would, of course, be helpful in disaster recovery, as long as you know the right way to implement it. Here are four key ways to execute your virtualized disaster recovery plan correctly.
Identify Your important Virtual Machines
Virtual machines are integrated into all sorts of business elements; from databases to servers to enterprise applications, just to name a few. However, every virtual machine is not running something that is vital to business operations. Determine which servers are the most essential to your business. By doing this, you will be aware of which machines need to be closely watched in case of failure. In addition to this, make sure that these critical machines are backed up regularly.
Have a Backup and Recovery Strategy Ready
The backup and recovery process for virtual machines differs from the process for a non-virtual environment. Finding the right backup software for a virtual machine is imperative for your recovery strategy. A solution that has the capability of mounting your backup while your data is moved to your main system will be useful to you. Additionally, do not store your traditional backups and your working virtual machines on the same storage media. This can result in the loss of data in the event of a media failure.
Test the Process Completely
Disaster recovery plans must always be tested. It is easy to only test your plan partially, though. Just testing that the backup process is working properly is only part of testing your disaster recovery plan. The recovery portion of the plan must be thoroughly tested as well, because having an untested plan defeats the purpose of having one at all. Test your plan fully, periodically, particularly if it has undergone changes.
Automate Significant Tasks
By automating disaster recovery tasks, you will observe clear benefits. The automation of disaster recovery tasks not only saves time, it also gives you a reprieve from human error. With your data, and potentially your business, at stake, reducing any possible type error is vital.
With disaster recovery, there is always a risk of failure, but properly strategizing significantly decreases that risk. Virtualization can simplify disaster recovery if it is integrated into a business properly. Using these strategies, you’ll be on your way to a comprehensive virtualized disaster recovery plan.
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