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10 ways to improve data protection in VMware environments
This article is part of the Vol. 8 Num. 10 February 2010 issue of Storage magazine
With backup vendors revising their offerings to take advantage of VMware vSphere 4's new features, an upgrade to vSphere in 2010 could protect your organization's data storage. Because a virtual machine (VM) is an encapsulation of an operating system, applications and data, protecting a production virtual disk is vital. IT organizations face several challenges when it comes to protecting their virtual machine disk image (VMDK) files. Finite shared physical resources on the host system and in-guest I/O-intensive backup processes have the potential to bring VM performance to a crawl. The increase in the amount of data in VMware environments can impact the backup window. VMware Inc.'s release of vSphere 4 in the first half of 2009 introduced several data protection enhancements over VMware Infrastructure 3-era tools. And now that backup vendors have had several months to revise their offerings to take advantage of its new features, an upgrade to vSphere in 2010 could greatly improve your organization's data protection. Here are 10 ...
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With backup vendors revising their offerings to take advantage of VMware vSphere's new features, an upgrade to vSphere could be a step toward better protection of your firm's data storage.