Virtualization technology is changing the way businesses approach data backup and recovery.

Whether you find yourself facing a minor hiccup or a major disaster, data backups are an invaluable resource. They’re what allows your business to carry on when any number of problems arise, cutting you off from access to your data.

That being said, if you find yourself dealing with anything more serious than a single crashed computer or faulty hard drive, data backups alone aren’t enough. When you’re cut off from your systems and software, copies of your mission-critical data are not terribly useful to you. Data alone won’t get your operations back up and running again – especially when you find yourself without the use of multiple workstations, or even your office itself.

It’s for this reason that more and more businesses are turning to Business Continuity solutions in place of basic data backups.  Business Continuity is, in essence, a contingency plan for worst case scenarios. It’s a series of protocols that allow you to work around any problem your technology can throw at you, drastically cutting back on downtime and lost productivity.

As the cloud and hosted solutions continue to become more popular, businesses are now turning to virtualization to fulfill their Business Continuity needs.

Virtualization preserves more than just your business data – it preserves your entire system. Files are still backed up to a local server, but the process is much more sophisticated than what you’re likely familiar with. The local device takes a backup of your entire system at regular intervals. It constantly updates, validates, and stores image-based backup files as VMDKs. These VMDKs contain all of the software, operating systems, and files from your devices and workstations.

Regularly emailed screenshot verifications let you know that each backup is viable, there for your use whenever you need access. If your system fails, a virtual copy can be booted from the backup in mere seconds with the click of a button. There’s no waiting minutes or hours for files to load, and no need to work through a long and complicated step-by-step restoration process. Virtualization is designed to provide instantaneous restoration, making downtime essentially nonexistent.

Instead of placing a frantic phone call to your IT support provider, you can calmly plan out how you and your staff will work around faulty workstations, power outages, or even a flood at the office, knowing your backups are quite literally at your fingertips. You can instantly access your entire backup on another machine, and boot from a local device or the cloud depending on the circumstances.

Your team can work from home, or from a temporary secondary location with the same convenience and ease as working from the office. It’s not necessary for you to be in close proximity to your local server, or even in the same city as your normal base of operations. All you need is an Internet connection and a functioning device, and you can be back up and running in no time at all.

Best of all, your regular backups will continue, and you’ll never miss a beat.

Data backups and Business Continuity are meant to provide your business with a means of recovering from a disaster quickly and efficiency, but part of what makes a great solution stand out from a decent one is the peace of mind that solution offers. When your Business Continuity solution is subject to limitations of any kind, no matter how effective that solution is, it’s always lingering in the back of your mind that if a particular problem should arise or a certain scenario should play out, your business would be in a heap of trouble.

You have enough to worry about already without adding a list of ‘what ifs’ into the mix. One of the advantages of technology is supposed to be that it takes a lot of these types of concerns off of your plate by providing resources and solutions that make your life easier. The ability to have a single solution configured to your unique business, monitored and maintained by experienced and knowledgeable professionals, is precisely the solution your business deserves to have in place.

Virtualization might seem like a costly and complex alternative to traditional data backups, but by moving your data to a hosted server and eliminating the need to install, maintain, and eventually upgrade or replace pricey onsite hardware, virtualization can actually save your business money. This scalable, budget-friendly, and fully capable Business Continuity solution can prepare your business to weather any storm.

Intelligent Business Continuity is more than just a backup – Intelligent Business Continuity is thinking about your business on a higher level. Get in touch with One Source Imaging Solutions at (800) 875-8843 or ITsolutions@osisIT.com today to learn more about the Intelligent Business Continuity services we offer.