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VMware Backup and Hyper-V Backup. Do YOU Need It?

At VMblog, we get to work with virtualization specialists of all types.  And sometimes, when we ask those users if they need VMware Backup or Hyper-V Backup, they might look a bit confused.  They say, "installing ESXi is very easy!" and mention VMware Host Profiles, Auto Deploy and other system deployment tools now available to system administrators.

And while it is true that VMware Backups can be a smaller part of the resiliency planning in a large environment that leans a bit less on backup for some workloads, any place where there is changing data and the ability to capture these changes (as in databases) it is still a significant portion of the overall plan.  Furthermore, many end users from smaller businesses may not have the availability of these more advanced tools, much less have the training needed to use them effectively.

Recently, Acronis held a local conference here in Austin, TX that I was fortunate to attend.  And after speaking with a few of their execs and team members, I had the opportunity to learn a bit more about Acronis Backup products.

VMware backup solutions like Acronis Backup 12 offer the ability to do much more granular recovery options.  The ability to pull a single file from an image of a VM without reconstituting it is a huge benefit in time and convenience to a virtualization administrator or even the direct end user.

Additionally, Acronis Backup 12 offers the unique ability to reconstitute the whole host machine if it goes down.  If you wanted to recover a file from a corrupted VM Host, you might need to step through the following processes:

1. Connect the hardware

2. Turn on the system

3. Boot the installation CD of your hypervisor

4. Input the network configuration

5. Input the security configuration

6. Install the hypervisor

7. Configure the hypervisor's network

8. Configure the hypervisor's storage

9. ...

10. Install updates

11. ...

27. Install additional software, agents - e.g. antivirus


35. Install the backup software (to recover)

36. Configure the backup software (so it can recover)

37. ...

55. Start recovering your VMs

Chances are pretty good that an admin might get stuck on one of these steps.  Do they remember all the details of their network configuration?  Security?  DNS?

Another reason that Microsoft Hyper-V Backup and VMware Backup makes sense is that it provides the admin with a consistent and singular view to all of the devices in their system, including end points, mobile devices, physical servers, cloud VMs and their virtualized backups.  This lets admins easily migrate data from one device to another very easily.

If you want to move a physical server to your Microsoft Hyper-V environment, you simply back it up and restore it.  If you want to move a VM from VMware to Azure, you simply backup and restore it.  These sorts of integrated transitions are the sort of things that the tools for Hyper-V and VMware simply do not provide.

And because of that, it's important to make sure you include a virtualization backup solution when you are creating your resiliency plans for the year.

Published Monday, March 27, 2017 8:01 AM by David Marshall
VMware Backup and Hyper-V Backup. Do YOU Need It? – VWORLDTECH LLC - (Author's Link) - March 28, 2017 2:07 PM
khldk - (Author's Link) - April 6, 2017 3:35 PM

There are many reasons why you would want a hypervisor level backup, including management.

No need to install agents etc.

Having a solution which can replicate, test/validate your backup and also assist in failover scenario and be combined with the cloud of your choice or a 2nd site gives you a complete DR solution.

I recommend Unitrends:

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