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Virtualization and DR go hand-in-hand

Midmarket CIOs have been getting a lot of pressure for years for improving disaster recovery," Browning said. "They are taking some of those servers they shut down, virtualizing them and putting them in some remote location and actually replicating applications. Email and ERP are the applications I hear about most often."

Disaster recovery in the physical world is hard for midmarket companies. A company looking to set up a second recovery site needs to duplicate its hardware. That is certainly expensive, especially if you live by the rule of one application per server. Maintaining a second site more than doubles the trouble. Every patch job at the primary site requires a patch at the secondary one. The third-party providers that can make disaster recovery less painful for big enterprises are too expensive for many midmarket companies.


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