A strong VMware virtual recovery and backup plan consists of several elements and requires frequent testing to make sure it will work properly when the time comes.
Different strategies, VMware products, features and third-party tools all come into play when protecting data in the virtual infrastructure. Admins should employ configuration best practices and take advantage of snapshot technology to reduce downtime in the event of a failure.
With the recent increase in ransomware attacks and outages, it's more important than ever before to consider all the strategies and tools at your disposal when reviewing and implementing a virtual recovery and backup plan.
VM backup and virtual recovery best practices
Although it's important to have a virtual recovery plan in place in the event of a failure, preventative measures are also key to keeping things up and running in your virtual infrastructure. Automatically back up VMs and workloads and employ features like high availability (HA) and replication to ensure you have the proper safeguards in place.
Use snapshots to defend and resurrect VMs
Using snapshots to restore VMs to a particular point in time is a popular way to back up data and protect against failures. Although snapshots are useful, they need to be properly managed so they don't cause unforeseen issues. Learn the role of snapshots in a larger VMware virtual recovery and backup strategy and the common issues admins encounter when using them.
While snapshots help restore VMs to a particular state, snapshot buildup can cause performance issues. Consolidate snapshots with vSphere Web Client. Continue Reading
Admins can quickly recover from a failure by using storage snapshots for flat backups, but there are cons to this method. Consider supplementing it with offline backup. Continue Reading
Rachel Dines from 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 they include some complications. Poor performance can stem from the VMware snapshot size and other root causes. Continue Reading
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Adopt VMware Site Recovery Manager to ease DR efforts
Site Recovery Manager (SRM) automates failover and provides disaster recovery (DR) testing. Admins overseeing complex virtual infrastructures can prioritize VMs so they automatically restart in a specific order when a failure occurs. Navigate the ins and outs of SRM and understand how to use it alongside other technologies and features to strengthen your VMware virtual recovery and backup strategy.
Follow these tips to fine-tune SRM to meet your needs. Start by prioritizing your applications and making sure the DR target is in good shape. Continue Reading
Get to know VMware SRM, which products it competes with, which products it works with and what environments it's suited for, and optimize SRM to deliver better recovery times. Continue Reading
VMware's options for VM availability and backup can look like alphabet soup. Get a handle on everything from VMware VADP and SRM to HA and FT features. Continue Reading
VMware's disaster recovery manager, SRM, has two replication options: replication via the hypervisor or via storage. The choice involves scalability and cost. Continue Reading
As is the case with any software, you might unexpectedly receive SRM error messages. This tip discusses five of the most common VMware SRM error messages and their solutions. Continue Reading
Use the right combo of DR tools and best practices
A strong virtual recovery plan involves several elements, including a DR site that meets your business needs, tools that help ease the recovery process and testing of best practices. Implementing a DR plan isn't a one-and-done process. You should schedule regular testing to ensure DR goes according to plan. That way, your data won't be lost when a failure does occur.
Gain confidence in your DR plan by testing it more regularly. That testing should include evaluating the efficacy of your DR tools. Do they have the features you need to recover quickly? Continue Reading
VMware Cloud on AWS gives admins the ability to move on-premises VMs to the cloud, which can lessen the time it takes to get workloads back up and running after a failure. Continue Reading
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Get to know VMware's vSphere Data Protection tool
The vSphere Data Protection (VDP) tool can be a key component of your VMware virtual recovery and backup plan if you use it correctly. Learn the ins and outs of this product and its updates. Also, navigate everything from how to configure VDP and enable certain features to troubleshooting common issues and using it alongside other tools in the data center.
Before you can realize the full benefits of deduplication in VMware vSphere Data Protection, you have to back up a certain amount of data. Continue Reading
Evaluate recovery and backup products from other vendors
Just because you're working in a VMware environment doesn't mean that the tools VMware offers are the only ones you can use to support a virtual recovery plan. There are several third-party tools that aid in backup and disaster recovery and the market is constantly changing. Keep up to date on your options and evaluate them based on your current and future needs.
The backup and recovery vendor adds physical and cloud capabilities to Availability Suite and put its focus on research and development. Continue Reading
One forestry products manufacturer turned to Zerto to update its data recovery and replication strategy. Continue Reading
Backup and virtual recovery terms
Further your knowledge of VMware backup and virtual recovery terms with this comprehensive glossary.
- disaster recovery (DR)
- business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)
- vSphere HA
- VMware vSphere App HA
- VMware backup
- Changed Block Tracking (CBT)