Disaster Recovery Tips: Repurpose Redundant Servers

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Sep 16, 2010


Server virtualization and cloud computing have changed the way IT managers look at data centers. According to this report on Computer Technology Review, rather than spend thousands of dollars on new server hardware, IT managers are repurposing their servers, getting new capabilities from capital resources they already own. As noted in the article, one way companies can reuse these hardware resources is to build out a disk-to-disk disaster recovery center.


One way companies can reuse hardware resources is to build out a disk-to-disk disaster recovery center.

"One way companies can reuse these hardware resources is to build out a disk-to-disk disaster recovery center. While it is still a good idea to store disk images of your servers off-site with a storage-focused MSP, having a local disaster recovery center where the IT manager can keep continuous images of servers and desktop systems is critical in reducing the all-important recovery time following a disaster, be it simply a hardware failure that brings down a server or a fire, flood or other natural disaster.

"Using older hardware for a dedicated disaster recovery infrastructure is a good idea all around. For the small to mid-size company, you get all the benefits of enterprise-class backup and recovery without the hardware expense. The key is to purchase the appropriate disaster recovery software for these servers, which likely will be running Windows Server or Windows Small Business Server."

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