April 28, 2011 – While virtualization is undergoing general widespread adoption, enterprises have yet to buy into added data downtime protection across all applications, according to a new report from consultancy Aberdeen.

The report, “Reduce the Cost of Downtime Protection: Tier Your Virtualized Applications,” surveyed 135 organizations of varying sizes across industry verticals on lowering unscheduled downtime with virtualized applications. Although increased virtualization protection can be expensive, it can limit unscheduled downtime to minutes per year and save headaches from lost application data, according to the survey. Enterprises noted their options for protection, or absence thereof, in four main ways: added protection from high availability hypervisor support, cluster or high availability software, and fault tolerant servers, or an absence of extra protection.

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