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This is our sixth post in the series of "5 Common problems to solve with a Hybrid Cloud implementation: Why Hybrid Cloud makes business sense." Organizations that still run all of their workloads in bare metal machines (non-virtualized) are, in general, missing out of a tremendous opportunity to bring scalability and manageability to their IT teams.
However, we would argue, one of the most significant benefits of an adequate virtualization and hybrid cloud implementation is the ability to establish a sustainable and testable disaster recovery and business continuity, either consumed as a service (DRaaS) or manually prepared using tools and features of modern day advanced virtualization platforms.
The following business continuity related symptoms and problems are solvable with a hybrid approach:
- Inability to backup legacy database engines that do not offer online backup capabilities rendering the business to a halt while the database is in a backup process.
- Failure to establish a mirror environment that could support the business if the primary site were to go offline.
- Troublesome physical data backups with tapes and optical media moving around across state lines.
- Incapacity to load balance due to expensive networking hardware and even more expensive
- Abstaining from creating an HA (highly available) data and application layer due to constrained hardware resources.
- Unpreparedness to face a restore in a second location in a short period of time.
A Hybrid Cloud implementation could bring tangible benefits to the bottom line of the business such as:
- Online backup of running virtual machines, allowing 7x24 operation of previously unthinkable 7x24 workloads.
- Ability to recreate development and testing environments that closely resemble production to maximize uptime and application reliability.
- Increased security and compliance, with newer technologies such as SDN (Software Defined Networking) and implementations for virtualization platforms such as VMware NSX security is part of the workload migrating policies and rules algon with the workload and VMs.
Other posts in this series are:
- An Introduction to Hybrid Cloud concepts 
- Aging hardware? 
- Inability to Scale? 
- Failure to Innovate? 
- Increasing Complexity? 
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