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Take a chance on virtualized backup and disaster recovery

Developments in virtualization technology have made it to the world of data backup and recovery. Decide if virtualized backup and DR are right for you, and see what is available on the market today.

Introduction

Disaster recovery and data backup are two elements of storage that will never go out of style, given their necessity. The methods of backup and DR, however, frequently change as the technology around them evolves. Organizations will always need to recover data following a disaster, but how they choose to do so has transformed over time. Virtualized backup and DR are recent developments in the data protection world that are making waves.

In the age of ransomware, users are taking advantage of virtual disaster recovery following an attack. Because modern malware has rendered many physical storage protections null, virtual disaster recovery has become an important tool of the ransomware fight. The simplicity and faster recovery time of virtual DR systems are particularly helpful features for organizations when as little downtime as possible is crucial.

As storage and its related costs grow, virtualized backup continues to gain popularity. Not every organization can afford enough on-site, physical storage to ensure proper backup and speedy recovery, and some don't particularly want to. Traditional on-site storage has its own benefits but doesn't necessarily lend itself to simplified DR.

Virtualized backup and DR don't come without their share of challenges. Virtual machine (VM) sprawl and network issues can spell performance problems, and without proper testing, the level of data protection may not be as effective as it should be. Luckily, there are answers to most virtual data protection woes out there.

Below, we've compiled a selection of pieces detailing the benefits of virtual disaster recovery and backups -- where they're being used, what issues they confront and what hurdles you'll need to watch out for if you're considering virtual data protection. Curious about what is currently on the market? We've also made sure to include vendor products and developments in the field so you can see what is out there and where the technology may be headed.

1Benefits-

The pros of virtualized backup and recovery

Developments in virtual environment technologies make it an appealing option. Whether your concerns are cost, available options on the market or the growing threat of ransomware, virtual backup and recovery could be a good fit for your organization.

Answer

Four advantages with agentless data backups

While an agent used to be the go-to for backups, agentless backup from the VM hypervisor offers several benefits, including cost savings and simplification. Continue Reading

Tip

Use virtual DR in the fight against ransomware

The ability to make point-in-time copies is an important feature of virtualized DR when it comes to protection against ransomware attacks. Continue Reading

Answer

Virtualized backup and DR among top trends for 2018

DR market trends are always evolving. Vendors are making changes to DR products, notably in the areas of virtual technologies. Continue Reading

Feature

Data backup technology continues to improve

Virtualized backup and recovery, continuous data protection and instant recovery are among the latest innovations driving data backup technologies forward. Continue Reading

Answer

The next big thing in data protection technologies

The ability to recover virtualized workloads anywhere is likely to be one of the next major trends in the backup and data protection world. Continue Reading

2How to begin-

Go virtual, overcome common challenges

The benefits of virtualization don't mean that it is without its flaws or challenges. When using virtualized backup and recovery, testing is of the utmost importance. Know what your data needs to create an effective backup and DR plan.

Feature

Use DR testing to ensure a solid virtual recovery plan

Enterprises value certain DR tools more than others, and many don't test their DR plans nearly as much as they should. Continue Reading

Feature

Get the most out of hyper-converged DR and backup

With virtualized backup and recovery features, like instant recovery, hyper-converged systems have become a part of the modern DR process. Continue Reading

Tip

Protect enterprise data through remote replication

To protect data, IT should consider a remote data replication strategy with VMs. But first, consider the effects on your network, storage systems and more. Continue Reading

Answer

Control VM sprawl for better DR

VM DR is often faster and more flexible than physical DR, but VM sprawl is a challenge best tackled early. Continue Reading

Opinion

Keep backups from draining VM performance

VM backup approaches have evolved and are widely available, yet they often aren't chosen to replace old legacy backup software until application performance starts to drag. Continue Reading

3Vendors-

The virtual backup and recovery market

Data protection vendors have hopped on the virtualization bandwagon, offering a variety of products for backup and recovery. Along with releasing virtualized products now, vendors are also thinking about what is in store for the technology down the road.

News

Rubrik CEO talks cloud, virtual backup and recovery

CEO and founder of Rubrik, Bipul Sinha, discusses the need for physical and virtual support in larger enterprises. Continue Reading

Blog Post

Zerto gives IBM an assist with virtual data protection

The Zerto replication engine is available as part of IBM Resiliency Orchestration DR as a service, geared toward enterprises with physical and virtual workloads. Continue Reading

News

IBM adds Spectrum Protect Plus for VMs

IBM has given its Spectrum Protect Plus a boost, providing virtualized backup and recovery for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. Continue Reading

News

Quest Vroom protects virtual environments

After a spinout from Dell, Quest Software has started its journey into the data protection market, setting its sights on virtual infrastructure monitoring and recovery management. Continue Reading

News

Veeam update improves virtual, physical, cloud protection

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 3 aims for enterprises with simplified management across physical, virtual and cloud platforms. Continue Reading

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