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5 Fundamentals of Virtual Server Data Protection

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The benefits of server virtualization are compelling and are driving the transition to large scale virtual server deployments. From cost savings recognized through server consolidation or business flexibility and agility inherent in the emergent private and public cloud architectures, virtualization technologies are rapidly becoming a cornerstone of the modern data center. Read about the 5 challenges to overcome in order to take advantage of the benefits of virtualization for your organization.

DATA PROTECTION AND THE DRIVE TO VIRTUALIZATION

While many businesses have been lured by the benefits of server virtualization, the consolidation of physical servers and networking is resulting in a massively converged IT infrastructure where already limited resources are being made even scarcer.

While first reaction may be to throw yet another point-level product at the problem of backing up virtual servers when traditional methods fail to deliver, a solution that spans virtual, physical and cloud storage will minimize the load on production systems, reduce administrative effort and enable enterprise wide recovery for ultimate availability and business continuity.

MANAGING RESOURCE DEPLOYMENT

ONE: EXPLODING BACKUP WINDOWS

As server resources continue to consolidate and virtual environments become more concentrated, the amount of data stored on virtual machines is skyrocketing. A successful backup of multi-terabyte datastores using a traditional streamed backup approach can easily exceed a 24-hour window, far in excess of what the modern data center requires.

For environments with ever shrinking backup windows, there is simply not enough time or bandwidth to move all the VM data. Even if the infrastructure is available to copy all this data, it places a tremendous burden on the datastores as the data is read.

TWO: UNPROTECTED VIRTUAL MACHINE DATA

The ease of deploying new VMs leads to a virtual machine sprawl, making it tedious and time consuming for administrators to keep track of new virtual machines and to ensure correct data protection and retention policies are applied to them. There is a major risk that important virtual machines may be created and never backed-up.

Today, many administrators spend a significant part of their day tracking down new VMs and manually applying data protection policies. In the modern data center with hundreds or even thousands of virtual machines, this manual approach to ensuring VM protection policies is simply an unacceptable solution.