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October 2014 Vol. 13 No. 8

Backing up virtual machines is easier than ever

One of the toughest things about supporting virtual servers was ensuring their data was protected. When traditional backup tools struggled with the task, new apps built specifically for virtual environments emerged. These apps make backing up virtual machines (VMs) easy, but they may not fit in with current operations. We examine top VM backup apps, and look at how legacy backup apps have evolved to meet the challenges.

Desktop virtualization can reduce many of the costly burdens of supporting users' desktops, but it places new demands on storage. Good planning -- and the right storage -- can lessen the pain of configuring and managing virtual desktop infrastructures.

Array-based replication is an efficient technology, but it's the most expensive way to copy data. Software-based replication requires some server horsepower, but it eliminates the need to duplicate configurations at recovery sites.

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