As more companies depend on virtual machines to streamline costs, it becomes imperative that a systems administrator has a solid backup and recovery system in place. Many businesses have a mixture of physical and virtual servers, but regardless of the infrastructure, data loss and system downtime have the same impact.
In these complex environments, the IT staff needs to know how to best utilize the battle-tested techniques and tools to accomplish a virtual recovery, resuscitating virtual machines that have flat-lined following system crashes, equipment failures or an upgrade gone awry.
The best approaches for virtual machine backup and virtual recovery
Where and how you store the backups of your virtual machines and the data they create depends on the size of your environment and the needs of your business. Do you trust the cloud to keep your virtual machines safe, or would you prefer to keep them under lock and key in your data center?
Storage administrators must consider the needs of their entire environment when purchasing VM backup software or complications could ensue. Continue Reading
Neither SAN-based VM backups nor VCB can do it all. When you understand the scope of each method, you'll make a better disaster recovery decision. Continue Reading
SMB admins have a lot of VMware vSphere backup software options, including the free VDP appliance. Here's how VDP stacks up to third-party options. Continue Reading
Companies have a natural reluctance to virtualize business-critical applications, but are these fears now unfounded as virtualization has matured? Continue Reading
Using snapshots to defend and resurrect your virtual machines
While VMware does not recommend using snapshots for backup and virtual recovery, some systems administrators find their flexibility and ability to restore critical virtual machines quickly attractive enough to offset the risks.
Rachel Dines with Forrester Research discusses the role of snapshots and replication technology as part of your backup and recovery strategy. Continue Reading
Snapshots offer multiple restore points for VMs, but add complication. Poor performance can stem from the VMware snapshot size and other root causes. Continue Reading
Independent backup expert Brien Posey discusses VMware VDP in this Expert Answer. Continue Reading
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Switch virtual recovery efforts to autopilot with vCenter Site Recovery Manager
When virtualization administrators are conducting a recovery effort in a complicated virtual environment, the last thing they want is a misstep that will pour more gasoline on the fire. For entirely vSphere-based data centers, VMware's vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) automates the recovery process to reduce downtime.
VMware's options for virtual machine availability and backup can look like an alphabet soup. Get a handle on VMware VADP, SRM, HA and FT features. Continue Reading
VMware's disaster recovery manager SRM has two replication options: via the hypervisor or via storage. The choice involves scalability and cost. Continue Reading
Crafting a comprehensive DR plan with VMware Site Recovery Plan is no easy feat. It involves choosing a storage configuration, replication technology and recovery time objective. Continue Reading
VMware Site Recovery Manager is a disaster recovery product that uses vSphere replication to protect virtual machines and their applications. As is the case with any software, you may unexpectedly receive error messages. This tip discusses five of the most common VMware SRM error messages and their solutions. Continue Reading
Despite the benefits of disaster recovery hosting in the cloud, VMware admins will find that SRM and vCloud Director don't make cloud-based DR easy. Continue Reading
Be prepared when big trouble comes knocking
So, your business depends on your virtual machines to do the heavy lifting with those tier-one applications, but how well-prepared is your company for a worst-case scenario? Migrating workloads to physical servers is one way to keep things afloat, but having a disaster recovery plan will downgrade a disruption from being a calamity of biblical proportions to being a minor inconvenience.
Update your business's disaster recovery strategy to take full advantage of virtualization's time- and cost-saving benefits. Continue Reading
Developing a VMware disaster recovery strategy for a small environment means understanding your backup needs. It also changes things if you have more than one site. Continue Reading
VSphere Replication eliminates expensive disaster recovery storage requirements. SMBs no longer have to be jealous of enterprises’ DR plans. Continue Reading
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VMware promotes another safeguard for virtual infrastructure
VMware listened to complaints its customers had with the VMware Data Recovery (VDR) product, putting it out to pasture and replacing it with vSphere Data Protection (VDP). But there are still some limitations with the new offering that continue to vex VMware customers.
The free version of vSphere Data Protection (VDP) has some limitations and lacks some features of the advanced version. Continue Reading
VMware VDP overhauls the vSphere backup appliance. VDP is free, simple to set up, stable and easy to manage, but not right for every data center. Continue Reading
Colm Keegan of Storage Switzerland compares VMware Data Protection with third-party backup applications in this Expert Response. Continue Reading
VMware adds cloud backup and Data Domain support to vSphere Data Protection (VDP) and VDP Advanced (VDPA) apps, which use EMC Avamar under the hood. Continue Reading
Recovery and backup products from vendors
Not all companies are using VMware products to stand guard over their virtual machines. Systems administrators worth their certification will investigate the competing offerings to see how things stack up in the field of ESX and ESXi.
VMware offers its own disaster recovery tools, but there are a number of viable third-party products you can use for VMware disaster recovery. Continue Reading
HotLink DR Express offers a plug-in BC/DR solution that leverages Amazon Web Services to protect VMware vSphere virtual machines. Continue Reading
Veeam Software integrates its virtual server backup with its Management Pack, enabling management of backup monitoring in Microsoft System Center. Continue Reading
One forestry products manufacturer turned to Zerto to update its data recovery and replication strategy. Continue Reading
Key terms for backup and virtual recovery
Check this glossary to further your knowledge of VMware backup and virtual recovery terms.