Current Business Continuity Challenges
Implementing plans to ensure business continuity for
key IT services and business critical applications is an
essential requirement for organizations today. Downtime of
important applications is a costly proposition and extended
downtime can even be fatal—industry research finds that a
significant number of companies that experience extended
interruption to IT services soon go out of business.
While most organizations recognize the importance of
business continuity, their ability to provide high availability
and disaster recovery for key applications in a physical
(non-virtualized) environment is often constrained by the
•	High	costs. Many solutions require significant investment
in additional hardware, software and services. Disaster
recovery plans in particular often require duplicating
data center infrastructure, resulting in a proliferation of
•	High	complexity.	 Most traditional business continuity
solutions add significant complexity to data center
environments. Acquiring and managing additional
servers, use of complex cluster tools, implementing
and maintaining specialized software and processes all
contribute to this complexity.
•	Failure	to	meet	recovery	time	and	availability	goals.
Due to the cost and complexity of business continuity
solutions, organizations are often forced to compromise on
solutions that are unlikely to meet goals for availability and
recovery time objectives.
•	Insufficient	reliability. Testing existing complex business
continuity solutions is challenging and requires significant
equipment, expertise and personnel resources. The
complexity of these specialized solutions also makes
them difficult to maintain.
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