Your Next Play for Desktop Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

November 13th, 2017

Chances are, your business will encounter an IT disaster at some point. Zetta contends that 54 percent of companies reported a downtime event that lasted more than one business day in the last five years.

Downtime can range from a power outage to a malicious link (even a natural disaster!) and its costs can be astronomical. Gartner estimates average hourly costs go well into the thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, for businesses in the mid-size space.

Looking back at Zetta’s 2016 State of Disaster Recovery Report, 40 percent of organizations still didn’t have a documented plan for Disaster Recovery. Among businesses that do have a DR strategy, most account for infrastructure but don’t address employees who need to continue working to keep the business productive. In such cases, the organization’s data is safe but employees can’t do what they need to be productive.

If you’ve looked into physical desktop disaster recovery solutions, you know they’re pricey and not easy to implement. While many Enterprise organizations have made an investment in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, many SMB’s are not able to rationalize the jump to virtual work stations and take advantage of the work station disaster recovery benefits.

Organizations today need a robust solution, one that establishes both workspace and infrastructure recovery while empowering business continuity for the end-user. Virtual Systems’ Horizon DaaS delivers cloud-hosted desktops and applications for a full Horizon Desktop Infrastructure experience, in an entirely OpEx model. This eliminates capital outlay and empowers businesses to own a robust desktop DR plan, in an easy-to-deploy, cost-efficient consumption model.

Need more convincing? Here are four reasons to include VDI-as-a-Service in your overall DR strategy.

1. Easy to Implement

Let’s be honest, the main reason many organizations don’t have a comprehensive DR strategy is because Disaster Recovery is complex and budget intensive.

Virtual Systems’ Horizon DaaS provides an easy way to level up your desktop DR. There’s no need to train specialists, no need to reinvest in on-prem infrastructure or physical devices. VDI-as-a-Service delivers immediate capacity scaling in the event of a disaster. You can save desktop images for emergency deployment or run all of your users in Horizon VDI, plus operate 24/7 knowing your employees have their workstations wherever they are.

2. Cost-efficiency

Physical desktop DR and on-prem virtual desktop infrastructure demand large investments in equipment and hardware that you rarely use. The rare nature of Disaster Events, coupled with the critical importance of protecting against them, combine for the requirement of Infrastructure on-demand.

With full-cloud or hybrid-cloud Desktop Infrastructure, you maintain a minimum number of virtual desktops and purchase additional cloud infrastructure when appropriate, ensuring robust DR in a cost-efficient pricing model.

3. Outstanding Reliability

The trend over the past several years has moved from, “We should implement DR” to “We should test our DR.” Yet still, many organizations test once a year or less, and among all DR strategies, the cloud is recognized for reliability.

90 percent of IT pros are confident in cloud-based DR solutions, according to a Zetta survey.
Virtual Systems’ Horizon DaaS even provides a “5-9 Uptime Guarantee” with a 99.99 percent guaranteed service level, ensuring your employees’ cloud workstations are available—even when your office isn’t.

4. Geographic Diversity

For many companies, true DR at all endpoints means a geographically diverse solution, with no single point of failure. Horizon DaaS from Virtual Systems allows an organization to use their on-prem environment and multiple Virtual Systems data center locations to create one robust DR solution. With this solution, every employee can access their application stack no matter where they are.

IT teams across the country are looking to bulk up their DR strategy. As you evaluate your current plan, consider cloud-hosted virtual desktops and applications as part of your strategy.

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