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Published: 22 Oct 2012

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 require a software license for ... Access >>>

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