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Vol. 8 Num. 5 July/August 2009

Virtual servers put pressure on backup

Virtual servers have solved a lot of problems in the data center, but they've also made backup a lot harder. There are several ways to back up virtual servers, each with unique advantages and disadvantages. Backup is the single biggest gotcha for VMware nirvana in large environments today. The usual backup methods cause many environments to limit the number of virtual machines (VMs) they place on a single ESX server, decreasing the overall value proposition of virtualizing servers. To further compound matters, one possible solution to the problem requires purchasing additional physical machines to back up the virtual machines (VMs). However, there are existing products that can solve the problem, if you're willing to move your VMware environment to different storage. If that's not possible, there are some "Band Aid" remedies that can help until storage-independent products arrive. However you ultimately address virtual machine backup, you can at least take some comfort in knowing that you're not alone in your frustration. The ...

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  • Virtual desktops and storage

    Server virtualization has had a profound impact on storage infrastructures, but the coming wave of desktop virtualization will place new demands on storage environments.

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