Virtualization by no means replaces a full-fledged disaster recovery plan — Christus Health’s data is replicated in “hot, hot” scenarios between its primary and secondary disaster recovery facilities — but virtualization simplifies real-time replication and data portability.

“Virtualization is making it possible for our client services to be portable in case of a disaster,” Bruni said. “All you need is an agent on any client device, and some type of Internet access.”

Core business apps running on a virtual server infrastructure, “allows for portability and replication that we wouldn’t have had with dedicated physical systems,” Bruni said.

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