Texas insurance company improves DR with virtualization

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Following Hurricane Ike in 2008, Houston-based insurance wholesaler Myron Steves & Company decided it was time to update its disaster recovery program, according to ZDNet. The organization didn’t suffer extensive damage, but the incident woke officials up to changes that needed to be made.

As a result, the Myron Steves & Company began focusing its efforts to deploy virtualization, the technology news provider recently reported.

“[Following Ike,] we went to [a] site to recover systems, and we had a hard time recovering anything,” associated director of IT Tim Moudry told ZDNet. “We were testing it, and it was really cumbersome. We tried to get servers up and running. We stayed there to recover one whole day and never got even a data center recovered.”

His colleague, IT operations manager William Chambers, said the company also had growing concerns over the amount of hardware it was supporting. That, coupled with the difficulty it had recovery data following Ike, was enough to push it toward virtualization, according to ZDNet.

Overall, virtualization is gaining popularity as many organizations embrace the mantra of doing more with less. With the technology, virtual machines can be provisioned to optimize available storage space.

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