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Vol. 11 Num. 7 September 2012

Update: Virtual server backup

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 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. @pb Changed Block Tracking Almost every backup application designed to protect virtual servers, especially those running VMware, supports Changed Block Tracking (CBT). With CBT, instead of backing up the entire...

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Features in this issue

  • Update: Virtual server backup

    by  George Crump

    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.

  • IBM emerges at top of strong midrange array field

    by  Rich Castagna

    With nip-and-tuck battles in nearly every rating category, IBM prevails on the Storage magazine/ Quality Awards users’ service and reliability ratings.

  • Cloud storage for mobile devices

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    Workers are more mobile than ever and taking data along on a variety of devices that require new methods of delivering, protecting and backing up corporate data.

Columns in this issue

  • Oh yeah? Try doing that without storage

    by  Rich Castagna

    A lot of people think storage doesn’t figure into corporate strategies, but it’s the key to success for initiatives ranging from “big data” to desktop virtualization.

  • Tears of storage

    by  Jon Toigo

    It’s almost taken for granted that “new” storage tiering regimens require tier-zero SSDs, but does that add up to a better way to tier storage or a better way to sell more storage?

  • Is CDMI ready for prime time?

    by  Terri McClure

    What is the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI), and what does it have to do with data storage? ESG senior analyst Terri McClure delves into the technology.

  • Surveying emerging SSD offerings

    by  Jeff Boles

    The fast developing solid-state storage market offers a variety of implementation choices. By carefully assessing your needs, you’ll be able to make the right product selection.