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VM backup: almost too easy
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of June 1, 2012
Almost all the respondents to our latest survey have virtualized some or all of their servers, and consider backup a piece of cake. What other VM backup myths did they debunk? A few years ago, most of the grumbling you heard from storage shops was related -- one way or another -- to backing up virtual servers. Not anymore. Almost all (92%) of our survey respondents have virtualized all or some of their servers, and backup is a piece of cake. Forty-one percent said backing up virtual machines (VMs) is somewhat or much easier than backing up physical servers, while 49% said it takes about the same amount of effort. Only 10% said it was somewhat/much harder. That wasn’t the only myth our survey group debunked. VM backup requires more disk or tape space, right? Not so fast: 30% said it needs less. And it takes longer to back up all those VMs? That was true for 18%, but 40% said it’s faster. And while it used to be a chore to restore a single file from a VM backup, 24% now said it’s easier than with a physical server and 60% said it’...
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Almost all the respondents to our latest survey have virtualized some or all of their servers, and consider backup a piece of cake. What other VM backup myths did they debunk?
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