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Published: 20 Oct 2012

AT FIRST GLANCE, server virtualization technology is a way to consolidate physical servers and improve utilization. Beyond that, server virtualization is also emerging as an elegant alternative to traditional disaster recovery (DR) methods. Comarco, an Irvine, CA-based electronics manufacturer, undertook a project last year to protect against a catastrophe that would take out its Exchange, SQL Server and file servers. Sean Anderson, the firm's IT manager, initially looked at hosting four hot servers at a nearby SunGard facility, but the asking price for that setup was approximately $10,000 per month. Instead, Anderson cobbled together a DR solution out of a Hewlett-Packard (HP) server, VMware server virtualization software and Double-Take replication software--all for about $60,000 in capital costs plus $600/month in bandwidth charges. The HP server resides in Anderson's office in Spokane, WA, and is running four virtual machines, one for each server replicated in Irvine. Replication is a few seconds behind the main site, but the T1 line connecting the two ... Access >>>

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