It is more critical now than ever as we move closer to the goals of the IN2015 and shape Singapore into becoming the world's leading-edge information and communications economy. Other economies in the region are following suit, with Malaysia being a notable example through their significantly increased investment in data centres, as well as their characteristics of having land as a resource and being free from natural disasters.
A key driving force behind data centre investment and regional adoption of 'cloud-methodology' is virtualisation. Confidence in existing disaster recovery techniques is falling in the Asia Pacific countries that are highly reliant on virtualisation, such as Australia and New Zealand which have a server virtualisation rate of around 73 percent. Essentially, the general belief is that recovery becomes less effective as data grows and virtual environments sprawl.
Contrary to the logic that virtualisation naturally lends itself to easier management and improved business continuity, virtualisation does deliver special benefits such as, good management to ensure that business continuity can be assured as environments grow.
With the rise of virtualisation and the strength of infrastructure investment in key parts of Asia, the potential to reduce downtime costs through well-managed, multi-tiered data recovery has never been bigger.
Improvements in storage capacity and performance, computer-layer performance and the ability to extend disaster recovery to the cloud have allowed us to unlock business continuity techniques that were either physically impossible or prohibitively expensive just a few years ago.
Now is the time for Asian organisations to rethink business continuity, and reverse the trend of increasing complexity and costs in their data protection strategy.
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