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Vol. 8 Num. 10 February 2010

10 ways to improve data protection in VMware environments

With backup vendors revising their offerings to take advantage of VMware vSphere 4's new features, an upgrade to vSphere in 2010 could protect your organization's data storage. Because a virtual machine (VM) is an encapsulation of an operating system, applications and data, protecting a production virtual disk is vital. IT organizations face several challenges when it comes to protecting their virtual machine disk image (VMDK) files. Finite shared physical resources on the host system and in-guest I/O-intensive backup processes have the potential to bring VM performance to a crawl. The increase in the amount of data in VMware environments can impact the backup window. VMware Inc.'s release of vSphere 4 in the first half of 2009 introduced several data protection enhancements over VMware Infrastructure 3-era tools. And now that backup vendors have had several months to revise their offerings to take advantage of its new features, an upgrade to vSphere in 2010 could greatly improve your organization's data protection. Here are 10 ...

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Features in this issue

  • SAS drives showing up more and more

    Our monthly survey shows that more than 50% of respondents use SAS drives. With 6 Gbps SAS now available, SAS is poised to make an impact on various storage implementations.

  • 2009 enterprise data storage Products of the Year

    These 15 products rank as the best of 2009, as judged by a panel of users, analysts, consultants, and and Storage magazine editors. The list of top products is highlighted by several repeat winners who keep improving their products, and by relative upstarts who are breaking ground with newer technologies.

  • Get control of NAS systems

    File storage is growing very quickly, leaving storage shops to grapple with multiple disparate NAS systems. But a number of technologies can make file storage more manageable.

  • Storage networks get virtual

    by  Dennis Martin

    The benefits of virtualization can now be applied to storage networks. Read how new products make it possible to pool and share storage networking resources.

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