Top Virtualization Backup and Recovery Features

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted January 5, 2012


Virtualization platforms are different from physical platforms, so solutions designed exclusively for virtual infrastructure backup should be leveraged whenever possible. As reported in this CloudTweaks article, a solution designed for virtualization should have the same feature-richness associated with an image-based backup solution for physical servers, plus direct integration with the virtual platform.


 

"10. Cost Effectiveness: Yes, your data is the lifeblood of your business, and as much as 50% of IT budgets go towards backup and disaster recovery solutions, but that doesn’t mean that a solution should be overly expensive. IT budgets are shrinking, but the volume of data and the number of virtual servers is increasing. Reconciling this is going to require a solution that provides standard features at a lower price than competitive offerings.

"Even saving a few hundred dollars per license starts to add up quickly. Cost effectiveness is also a function of the virtual backup solution’s licensing model. A virtual backup solution should be licensed on a per‐host or per‐processor model. This way, a business can get the best ROI for a highly consolidated infrastructure. This also encourages a business to invest in hardware that supports higher virtual machine density and the resulting lower support costs. It is a win‐win. Avoid any solution that licenses on a per virtual machine scheme.

"9. Migration Support: Products like VMware Converter are fantastic for migrating servers into a vSphere infrastructure, assuming that all of the factors are met. In a lot of cases, a server might be too old or of the wrong platform to work correctly with this P2V scenario. A virtual server backup solution should support some means of migrating the physical servers into the virtual infrastructure. Although this isn’t a part of the backup role per se, it does factor into supportability.

"If a backup vendor provides a means of migrating from physical to virtual (P2V) or virtual to virtual (V2V), that vendor certainly will not have problems supporting the migrated virtual servers. By including a migration support method into the backup solution, a backup vendor will certainly stand behind the technology used and that the stability of the system wasn’t compromised by the migration."

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