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Vol. 6 No. 12 February 2008

Sync Up Virtual Servers and Storage

As virtual machines proliferate, new tools help protect data and enhance performance. As deployments of virtualized servers proliferate in enterprise IT environments, there are growing concerns associated with creating, managing and protecting these newly created virtual machines (VMs). Because VMs are so prolific, there are problems with backing them up, managing them, migrating data among them and controlling their sprawl. But new products help IT administrators back up and protect VMs, as well as manage and monitor the connections between them and the networked storage resources they use. Industry pundits estimate that as many as 70% to 80% of VMs rely on storage resources from Fibre Channel (FC) or IP SANs, or NAS. With such a reliance on shared storage, the problems mount for storage administrators charged with not only managing, but backing up and protecting, the environment. Virtual machine backup blues Chief among the concerns in backing up VMs is the cost of software licenses for backup software. Most backup vendors ...

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Features in this issue

  • Users still wary about LTO-4 encryption

  • Snapshot: Data protection SLAs on the upswing

  • More Than Just Backup

    Data protection is changing rapidly, with point-in-time recoveries, fast legal discovery response and near real-time disaster recoveries becoming new requirements. To address these needs, enterprise backup applications are adding support for continuous data protection, deduplication, ediscovery, single-instance storage and the VMware Consolidated Backup framework. These backup suites promise not only integrated data protection, but overall enterprise data management.

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