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Update: Virtual server backup
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 11 Num. 7 September 2012
Data protection in virtual server environments has improved significantly over the past few years. Virtual server backup has evolved from backing up virtual machines (VMs) as if they were physical systems, to backing up OS guests, to backup applications specifically designed to take full advantage of the virtualized state. There’s a core set of features that anyone managing a virtual server environment should expect from a backup app for virtualized servers and, while not all inclusive, these are proven technologies that can make a significant difference in the overall backup process. When evaluating vendors and their products, it’s important to ensure these capabilities and features are included, but it’s equally important to understand how they implement the technologies as there can be variations from vendor to vendor. @pb Changed Block Tracking Almost every backup application designed to protect virtual servers, especially those running VMware, supports Changed Block Tracking (CBT). With CBT, instead of backing up the entire...
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