Business continuity management (BCM) is a holistic management approach, in which organizations identify potential threats that can impact business operations, and create systems for quick recovery from any disaster, to be able to continue delivering products at a predefined pace following the disaster. According to the online survey conducted by Continuity Central to measure business continuity management systems, 29% of respondents were still in the process of developing a continuity plan, while 22% felt that it was not required; 22% believed that it was too complex to create a plan, and another 22% regarded it as expensive. Among the organizations that have implemented a business continuity management plan, 81% were using an internal audit process.
The Challenges of Business Continuity Management
There are several reasons for the lack of proper business continuity management systems in organizations. A lack of commitment and involvement from senior management, poor understanding of data dynamics, and inappropriate approaches to BCM are just a few of them.
On the technical side, organizations have two options to facilitate recovery from a data breach or a physical disaster: either house redundant hardware at various locations, or replicate data and save copies of information on different storage media. Both these options result in overhead expenses, because inactive equipment has to be kept operational. Moreover, backed up data might not be restored correctly.
The right business continuity management approach is to use virtualization, whereby applications are delivered to virtual machines and are not tied to a single server. In this full redundancy mode, applications are transferred to an alternate server when a server fails. To perform this operation effectively, virtualization technology has to be augmented with an efficient load balancing tool.
Business Continuity Management with 2X RAS
2X RAS (Remote Application Server) is a powerful load balancing tool that offers complete redundancy for effective business continuity management. This tool monitors the workload of each server and routes traffic to the server with less load. The Automatic Failover Protection feature allows you to effectively reroute workload from failed or inoperative datacenters to the available hardware at an alternate location. The good thing about 2X RAS is that applications and user sessions can be migrated to the new server without interrupting end-user sessions. With the 2X business continuity management system, traffic is intelligently balanced across all servers, while applications deliver peak performance without overloading the servers.
In addition, 2X RAS provides efficient mobility solutions allowing organizations to deliver corporate resources to any device. In times of emergency, employees can access corporate resources from any device at any time, using the 2X RAS Portal. It keeps your workforce mobile and always available.
With a single virtualization tool in your business continuity management plan, you can keep your business always up and running.
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