Cloud Computing Disaster Recovery

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From the rise of workforce trends like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), to a shift away from costly traditional onsite storage infrastructures, cloud computing has become a popular business solution.

While the cloud offers many benefits, there are challenges to consider as well. Public clouds, for instance, can be unreliable and are often high-value, low-effort targets for hackers. On the other hand, decentralizing your data and transferring it to a private cloud could require purchasing physical servers and hiring engineers to configure them.

Virtualization

Another option is virtualization, broadly defined as the transformation of a single piece of hardware into two or more virtual environments.

Virtualization allows you to combine multiple servers and save on everything from hardware to power consumption. Virtualization can also simplify resource management and allow you to automate critical business functions like data mapping, mirroring, backups, etc.

Cloud computing vs. virtualization

It’s difficult to differentiate between virtualization and cloud computing because they share many similarities. Both virtualization and cloud computing work together to make your IT services more robust, but they are very much separate entities.

Virtualization is a powerful process reliant on a local, physical infrastructure to duplicate resources. Cloud computing, on the other hand, is a suite of service options made possible by virtualization’s technical capabilities. Cloud computing is not dependent on local hardware or software to maintain its storage capacity .

Benefits of virtualization

Utilizing virtualization can improve efficiency and reduce IT-related costs like hardware, memory, storage, applications, and operating systems.

By reducing the number of physical systems your company relies on, it will be easier to maximize resources. Virtualization software can be used to emulate a computer, for example, and perform the tasks of multiple computers at once. It can also run several different types of applications and operating systems, all on existing hardware.

Plus, virtualization, in combination with cloud services, can be a crucial component of disaster preparedness and your organization’s overall risk management strategy.

Implementing virtualization

Determining what’s practical for your business needs is a key step to integrating and customizing cloud computing virtualization.

You might decide to virtualize your operating systems while keeping your company’s sensitive data in a private cloud, and use a public cloud for excess storage and collaboration.

Like most businesses, your path to virtualization and cloud computing presents many options such as Quest’s desktop virtualization model where you can deploy customized virtual desktops from a cloud computing virtualization platform. This platform delivers an entire desktop ─ including operating system, applications, and data ─ allowing administrators to increase control while reducing the cost of desktop ownership.

And, with Quest’s virtual application development services, developers are able to customize a real world environment in any of our secure global Service Delivery Centers, which includes:

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