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April 2011 Volume 7

IT execs piggyback disaster recovery onto virtualization

Rarely does a disaster recovery plan appear high on the list of priority IT budget items, and sometimes it doesn't make it onto the list at all. More often, IT executives piggyback disaster recovery planning onto a data center consolidation project or, as Irving, Texas-based Christus Health did, a desktop virtualization project. More on backing up virtual desktops Creating a simple VDI backup plan How to back up PCs in a virtual desktop infrastructure Server and desktop virtualization projects are under way at Christus Health to meet business goals that range from more flexible access to data and less power consumption, to electronic health care regulations and disaster recovery planning. "We were hit by hurricanes that caused major outages in our organization. Now we're building a client computing model that allows a physician at a hospital that went down to pick up a satellite phone or whatever is at hand, and get immediate access back to our infrastructure," said Todd Bruni, director of client computing services and ...

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