Step 5: Get your business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) under control. Organizations benefit dramatically from an optimized IT model in terms of reduced BC/DR costs. Data deduplication and delta versioning can be used across all services to reduce storage and WAN costs. Low-cost iSCSI connectivity can be used in lieu of a SAN at the DR site. Fabric-level replication and virtualization can be used to achieve single console DR across all storage classes and vendors. This eliminates the need for advanced data service licenses within the storage arrays, and it enables replication between disparate storage resources. On-demand physical-to-virtual conversion and automated virtual-to-virtual recovery of application servers reduces downtime and streamlines the recovery process.
Implementing any of these steps individually will help reduce your costs, but together they create a compelling advantage in IT savings over the long run, and the New Year is a good excuse to start.
Christopher Poelker is the author of Storage Area Networks for Dummies, and has over 30 years of experience architecting storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions. Chris specializes in storage virtualization and data protection, and is currently the vice president of Enterprise Solutions at FalconStor Software.
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