The rise of virtualization in its many forms has delivered opportunities to IT managed services providers that offer consulting, but these MSPs need to be mindful of the factors that can often slip between the cracks after a business has adopted a virtual platform.
As we discussed several weeks ago, the demand for server virtualization is expected to climb in the next year, with 80 percent of respondents to a TechTarget survey saying they intend to invest in the technology soon. That’s great news for MSPs who work in this space, who have the chance to offer consulting and supportive services – like VMware backup – to an increasing number of partners.
At the same time, MSPs need to be sure that as they help their clients develop a virtual backup and disaster recovery strategy, they spend some time revising and revamping the organization’s overall BDR plan.
In a recent look at the ways virtualization has changed disaster recovery – in many cases, for the better – eWeek reported that one new challenge is that many disaster recovery plans are now outdated.
“In short, most organizations' disaster recovery plans probably don't accurately account for the current infrastructure and applications, so it's less and less likely that the plans will work as intended,” said the report.
eWeek adds that physical servers sometimes fell behind in terms of data protection once a virtualization platform has been implemented, leaving legacy data at risk.
Ultimately, these are factors MSPs can address when working with business customers. The switch from physical to virtual servers offers a great chance for both parties to have a conversation about the organization’s overall disaster recovery strategy.