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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Virtual server backup tips

There are three main ways to back up virtual servers. Here's how to determine which method is best for your storage requirement. SERVER VIRTUALIZATION IS supposed to simplify IT, and it does, except for one little caveat: It currently complicates backup and recovery. Companies quickly discover they can back up their virtual servers the same way they do their physical servers, but they may not get the same results. "It's simple to back up virtual servers if you treat them like physical servers," says Scott Polly, director of technical publications at Vizioncore Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL. The firm provides vRanger Pro, a GUI-based application that automates much of the command line scripting typically involved in VMware backup. Simple, but "you don't get the benefits of server virtualization," adds Polly. The benefits Vizioncore's Polly refers to revolve around efficient management. If you treat virtualized servers like physical servers, you have to manage each individually, which undercuts any improvements in management efficiency....

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  • Ask the Experts: RTOs and RPOs

    Is there a standard ratio between RTOs and RPOs, or are they independent of each other?

  • CDP in depth

    Continuous data protection (CDP) technology is now a viable alternative to traditional backup software and storage system-based replication software. But CDP products can vary significantly, especially in the context of different storage architectures. Depending on specific environments, companies may have to evaluate very different criteria before settling on a CDP product.

  • The lure of open-source backup programs

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