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Backing up virtual machines is easier than ever
One of the toughest things about supporting virtual servers was ensuring their data was protected. When traditional backup tools struggled with the task, new apps built specifically for virtual environments emerged. These apps make backing up virtual machines (VMs) easy, but they may not fit in with current operations. We examine top VM backup apps, and look at how legacy backup apps have evolved to meet the challenges.
Desktop virtualization can reduce many of the costly burdens of supporting users' desktops, but it places new demands on storage. Good planning -- and the right storage -- can lessen the pain of configuring and managing virtual desktop infrastructures.
Array-based replication is an efficient technology, but it's the most expensive way to copy data. Software-based replication requires some server horsepower, but it eliminates the need to duplicate configurations at recovery sites.
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Virtualization complicated backup using legacy products, but virtual machine backup software offers flexibility and a richer feature set.
The unique workloads and demands of virtual desktops require a rethinking of the supporting storage systems.
Hardware-based replication is a mature and effective technology, but software replication offers greater flexibility and more choice protecting data.
Thinking of making a new NAS purchase? Learn the requirements of your storage peers and the criteria they use to evaluate a storage vendor.
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Flash storage has moved from unruly adolescent to mature adult, but that hasn't hindered its development.
VSAN is here and Marvin is lurking in the wings. All of this makes the relationship between hypervisors and storage murkier.
Sticking with the status quo can be expensive when it comes to data protection. Learn how an upgrade can save money.
Flash, virtualization, cloud storage and commodity hardware have the potential to make IT shops more efficient and large storage vendors very nervous.