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RSPB implements virtualised disaster recovery

Karl Flinders

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is backing up its virtualisation strategy with the implementation of virtualised disaster recovery from Vizioncore.

The charity, which currently runs about 70 servers across 20 UK sites, wanted to be able to take an image of a virtual server while it makes changes in a testing environment.

The charity embarked on a virtualisation strategy three years ago, when it began using VMware’s ESX server product. Mike Courtney, senior systems engineer at RSPB, said server virtualisation has been a success. 

“It has allowed us to cut costs in terms of material servers and enabled us to be more flexible in what we set up and how quickly we do it,” he said.

But Courtney said there was a requirement for additional back-up products to support the virtualised servers during testing.

“It is not always practical to hold a copy of an entire server in the test environment,” he said.

“With Vizioncore’s esxRanger software we can take an exact replica of any system and put it in the test environment.”

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