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What are some cloud storage disaster recovery issues with multiple hypervisors?

Cloud-based DR providers are improving their support of multiple hypervisors, but your organization still needs to consider these four key elements when choosing a provider.

Not that long ago, support for multiple hypervisors from cloud storage disaster recovery providers was relatively...

unheard of. But while providers are beginning to acknowledge that many organizations depend on multiple hypervisors, support is anything but universal.

If your organization has multiple hypervisors, you should keep these important elements top of mind when shopping for a cloud storage disaster recovery provider:

  • Ensure your hypervisors are supported. Some cloud storage disaster recovery providers only support VMware and Hyper-V, and do not offer support for other common hypervisors.
  • Check the supported hypervisor versions. For example, some cloud storage disaster recovery providers support Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, but not more recent versions such as 2008 R2, 2012 or 2012 R2.
  • Make sure the provider under consideration supports the simultaneous use of multiple hypervisors. A cloud storage disaster recovery provider might advertise that it supports VMware and Hyper-V, but may not offer hypervisor support for both at the same time.
  • Consider the provider's experience with multi-hypervisor disasters. Presumably, the provider knows DR inside out. Even so, multi-hypervisor disaster recovery is difficult, and you want to ensure the provider has the necessary experience to deal with the intricacies of such an operation.

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This was last published in November 2015

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What issues have you had using multiple hypervisors with cloud-based DR?
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Zerto Employee here: Zerto Virtual Replication replicates between VMware and Hyper-V at the hypervisor level. I would love to brief Brien so he can learn more.
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