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Server virtualization is a darling of IT administrators for a number of reasons: it delivers more efficiency and cost control than adding physical servers to accommodate the data explosion. It offers savings due to server consolidation, at the same time giving enterprises valued flexibility and scalability, and promises to make the transformation to cloud architectures, whether private or hybrid, faster and simpler.
While IT embraces these apparent benefits, administrators are facing the challenges that come along with such a momentous shift in the way we now process, store and protect our data. Server virtualization has become a powerful change agent, forcing IT organizations to evaluate and oftentimes modernize their backup and recovery approach for virtual machines. It is also enhancing the need for automated processes as IT must manage and control data protection with the same degree of effectiveness it exhibited in legacy systems.
Increasing use of server virtualization is among the top priorities of IT professionals, along with improving data backup and recovery, managing data growth, and data center consolidation. Transitioning to this virtual environment puts added demands on backup and recovery and on meeting service level agreements (SLAs) for critical applications. A single platform that can fulfill these needs for advanced data protection and scalability is Commvault® software which enables rapid scalability of virtual machines, movement of business critical applications to the cloud, and data protection in both the physical and virtual environments. In this administrative brief we examine five areas in which IT can use available data protection technologies to realize the full potential of virtualization.
ONE: ADVANCED BACKUP AND RECOVERY
Enterprises who attempt to use traditional, legacy, data protection techniques for the backup and recovery of data housed in the modern data center will find out these methods simply do not work. What is needed is a modern data protection approach that understands virtualization and can support private and public cloud architectures. Commvault’s solution minimizes the load on production systems, reduces administrative effort, enhances data protection and recovery and eases the transition to a virtualized data center. It can leverage any tier of infrastructure including public and hybrid cloud, to extend disaster recovery (DR) capabilities to more workloads and reduce DR costs.
Commvault’s virtual-friendly software accelerates Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) with the broadest hardware snapshot integration; offers near-zero backup impact to production resources, and efficient and resilient backup with global deduplication. DR and testing is accelerated with automated, replicated VM backups to the cloud.
TWO: TIER 1 APPLICATION SUPPORT
As more critical, Tier 1 applications (such as SQL and Exchange) move into the virtual environment, it is imperative that your data protection solution provide you with deep application integration to enable rapid recovery and to meet the most stringent SLAs. Features, such as application consistent protection, offered by Commvault software, perform background tasks to ensure applications are protected in a consistent and rapidly recoverable state. This ensures rapid and granular recovery options are available for the protected application, even when running in a virtual deployment.