A Contributed Article by Jay Woodruff, Product Marketing, AppAssure Software
According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), 61% of
companies the research company surveyed in 2011 planned to replace their
existing file/application-level backups with either a snapshot solution,
replication solution or a combination of snapshot and replication. Legacy server backup schemes that use agent-based
technology don't apply well in an all-virtual or a virtual/physical hybrid
environment. At the same time, neither do agentless technologies found in
first-generation VMware backup solutions.
New breed of agents to the
a new breed of ultra-light ‘smart' agents promises to change VMware backup for
the better, answering the need for a snapshot-based backup solution that's fast
and works seamlessly across virtual and physical environments. This new breed
combines the hands-off simplicity normally associated with agentless backup
deployments with file- and object-level recovery granularity once associated
only with agent-based backups. The end result is a single, all-encompassing
backup solution that protects all of your machines regardless of whether
they're administered locally, remotely or in the cloud.
One approach for multiple environments.
If there's a downside to data protection practices
in many IT environments, it involves situations where you are not just doing VMware
backups, but backups for other hypervisors, and possibly some legacy physical
machines. It's easier for you if
your backup solution protects all the
machines you own.
benefits of a unified VMware backup approach
While most IT organizations have slowly grown multiple and unrelated backup
schemes over time, the benefits of a unified approach with a single user
interface are undeniable. To begin, it requires a lot less administrative
effort to work a single pane of management glass for VMware backup and your
other environments. And when it comes time to recover, the IT shop using a
single interface can respond faster and more successfully in the face of a
disaster. And a single product that does it all makes licensing much easier to
administer. Fortunately new-generation backup technology like that described
here allows you to accomplish all these things while reducing the amount of
time you have to devote to backup in the first place.
Please share your comments. About the Author
Jay Woodruff is a journalist who
began his career as a reporter for Computerworld
. He evolved into a technology writer who has given voice to dozens of IT
hardware and software companies prior to joining AppAssure Software, a backup,
replication and recovery company acquired this year by Dell, Inc. He
specifically focuses on virtualization for Dell AppAssure VMware
Exchange backup, and Hyper-V
backup and addresses how the latest image-level
backup technology helps solve today's data protection challenges.