Surviving the Storm: How Desktop Virtualization Can Keep Businesses Running
Your business continuity (BC) plan is only as good as the effort you put into it. In the case of the recent Superstorm Sandy, the ability to recover data and stay up and running was a huge geographic challenge for many businesses. A solution to this type of natural disaster can be an offsite business recovery center with virtual desktops in place.
Business recovery centers with mobile or dedicated workspaces– providing each seat with network and voice connectivity as well as a PC– can address the need to relocate employees in the event of an office loss. Desktop virtualization makes sense for businesses that can work within these constructs. IT can have employees up and running very quickly with the corporate desktop, including profiles and applications.
Practicing a BC plan with virtualization technology is essential to working out the issues and improving the process, or even knowing if the process works. A few of the organizations I have had the privilege of working with over the years have had BC plans and tested them regularly. The amount of effort to execute the plan is substantial, but the lessons learned are valuable.
As companies adapt and change their work practices to be more competitive they need to update and test their BC plans continually. While desktop virtualization may seem a small part of an overall BC plan, it is an important one in terms of returning efficiencies and simplifying essential tasks. When looking at all the complexities in a BC plan, any efficiency is a welcome one.