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Today outsourcing doesn’t mean replacing A business providing managed IT services today can function as a company’s entire IT department—but it doesn’t have to. Often the remote IT team takes on a supporting role within an existing IT department, allowing internal IT to focus their attention on the really important issues, rather than the daily grind.
From Part 3 of this series you know that we can keep virtual servers at the ready for disaster recovery, but what about a live server? Or even a development or staging server? Couldn’t you avoid having to buy and maintain hardware by just using Cloud resources for more server capacity? Yes!
We’ve only started to scratch the surface of cloud computing. In this series I covered some of the basics of the cloud (there is no cloud, you’re just using other people’s computers), backups, disaster recovery, on demand servers, and software as a service, but those are just a five of myriad ways we can tap into the Cloud.
We’ve covered the basics of what the Cloud is and what it means for your business and followed up with an overview of storing data and backups in the Cloud. Today we’re taking the next logical step—if you have a backup of a virtual server in the Cloud, why not just turn it on? Using a VM backup and turning it on as a functioning server is the basis of disaster recovery in the Cloud or disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS).