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Backing up virtual servers remains a persistent problem for backup administrators, many of whom are still using traditional backup techniques to safeguard their company's virtual servers. But that's changing: one-third use traditional backup agents loaded into virtual machines (VMs), a decline of approximately 11 points from a year ago. Although marked for extinction, 22% still use VMware Consolidated Backup, and about 10% have turned to VM-specific backup products (an increase of four points vs. a year ago). Approximately 6% use CDP for their virtual servers.
Users still stumble over the complexity of backing up virtual machines (25%), while 22% find they're backing up too much stuff from their virtual environments. Another 18% have run into issues getting file access for recoveries.
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This was first published in October 2010