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Update: Virtual server backup

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Virtual machine (VM) backup is more sophisticated now, but finding the perfect VM app for your environment means weighing the importance of many new capabilities.

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

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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.

This was first published in September 2012

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