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Virtualization can improve business continuity

The rapidly evolving threat landscape is leading more companies to use innovative solutions for disaster recovery plans. Virtualization is one of the more common ways that organizations are addressing business continuity objectives, since the technology can often reduce the number of necessary IT assets, according to a CSO Online report.

Over the past several years, the core of IT has changed from premise-based mainframes to web-based and cloud hosting servers. The proliferation of mobile devices has also increased the number of resources that need to be managed in disaster plans, the news source said.

"With virtualization, we've now been able to reduce that footprint [of servers], which means when we are planning for business continuity now we've got fewer devices to worry about," IT expert George Muller said, according to CSO.

Server virtualization, for example, companies can effectively support and secure applications and data, allowing businesses to achieve greater levels of efficiency, CSO noted.

The low costs of virtualization make disaster recovery plans easier to maintain, while the high availability means organizations can avoid outages and minimize downtime, according to a Spiceworks report.

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