For many people, recovering a system brings with it the implication that the restored system will be essentially the same as the original. Modern recovery approaches have a tendency to focus mainly on restoring any systems to its original form, whether it be virtual or physical.
But this approach overlooks the advantages that recovery flexibility bring to the table. Examples of such recovery flexibility include:
- Restoring a virtual machine to a physical server
- Restoring a physical server to dissimilar physical hardware
- Restoring a virtual machine to a virtual machine – running either the different or the same hypervisor technology
- Restoring a physical server to similar physical hardware
There is absolutely no reason to settle for anything less: there are technologies that exist that support these scenarios. They are just not always incorporated in your normal recovery processes and solutions.
Consider the flexibility that these scenarios give your business. For example, if a critical server crashes, you can efficiently bring it back in the form of a virtual machine while your hardware is being repaired.If your website becomes unavailable or inoperative, you could easily create critical servers in Cloud or virtual data center temporarily. When you have this type of flexibility, you could have numerous options for disaster recovery in wider variety of scenarios. This helps give your management and IT team a variety of options that they can choose from depending on the situation.