Term of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

Master of Science in Applied Engineering (M.S.A.E.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Committee Chair

Christopher Kadlec

Committee Member 1

Jordan Shropshire

Committee Member 2

Joseph Bullington

Abstract

Municipalities are cities and towns that contain numerous businesses and organizations, which in turn drive the economic growth and stability throughout that municipality. Many businesses and organizations today have critical and sensitive data and information that is vital to the survival of that business. Therefore, it is essential that municipalities and businesses account for the risks of natural disasters, outages, and errors. This involves having a proper information technology disasters recovery plan in place that would eliminate any risk of losing that data forever, should a disaster occur this paper seeks to examine virtualization technologies and the impact virtualization could potentially have on municipalities by using it for disaster recovery. Findings indicate that by having more municipalities invest in virtualizations, they will be able to start the rebuilding process more quickly because communications and data will be reestablished in a shorter period of time.

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