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VDI Enhances Disaster Recovery Plan for Commercial and Government Customers

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The start of the Hurricane season is here and during the past month, several states have felt the impact of storms sweeping through and disrupting every day life. In some cases, creature comforts like cable TV, internet and air conditioning have been impacted and in other cases, the impact was life-threatening. The Weather Channel predicted 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes during this season.

Government agencies and commercial organizations face the same issues when it comes to natural disasters ripping through their areas. It is for this reason that organizations’ disaster preparedness plans are in place for continued operations during these unexpected times.

Yet, despite the constant threat of natural disasters, many organizations do not have a disaster preparedness plan in place that they are capable of executing on and are often caught off guard. In fact, at the TechNet Mid-America Conference in July, our own Eric Oberhofer, who heads our Data Center Practice, will be presenting on a real-life scenario that occurred at one organization during a national disaster.

While chaos was occurring in their region, this organization struggled to roll out physical desktops to their workers quickly. As a result, the organization faced major challenges, including: meeting security requirements and compliance policies, centralizing data and enabling rapid turnover of machines while protecting sensitive information.

To eliminate these issues in the future, the organization moved to a virtualized environment that ensured seamless operations during unexpected disasters. The organization converted to a full VDI implementation using VMware View. This required additional training and a few infrastructure changes, but enabled our team to address the full project requirements.

At the end of day, VDI lowered maintenance costs by about 60 percent and saved on administrative hours, so the customer could work on other mission critical projects. In addition, the VDI project shrunk the organization’s carbon footprint and reduced power and cooling costs. Better yet, it made the organization more market responsive.

To hear more about this, and other successful disaster preparedness plans that include VDI, be sure to attend Eric’s presentation on Wednesday, July 18th at 10:10 AM in the Great Rivers Ballroom Salon 5. By joining the discussion at TechNet, you will learn how your organization can benefit from implementing more flexible, secure and scalable infrastructure to support business continuity during times of critical need.

If you miss TechNet, join Ryan Sobel, manager of our Virtualization/Mobility Practice, as he presents “From Chaos to Confidence: Overcoming an Environmental Disaster with the help of VDI” on July 24th at the BriForum 2012 in Chicago, IL.

We hope to see you there!


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