10 Must-Have Features for Every Virtualization Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution

10 Must-Have Features for Every Virtualization Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution

Virtualization platforms are different from physical platforms. The virtualization benefits extend to management and support for tightly integrated backup and recovery solutions. Solutions designed exclusively for virtual infrastructure backup provide a host of key benefits and should be leveraged whenever possible.

The nature of virtualization means that hosting several different guest virtual servers running everything from Windows to Linux to custom appliances is not only possible but so much easier than on bare metal. It also means that the ability to centralize backup at the host level is going to be possible.

A virtualization backup solution is ideally going to be host based. The previous article discussed the problems with cost and management of maintaining guest-based backup solutions. Licensing and support costs negatively impacted return on investment (ROI) for guest-based solutions. Host-based virtualization backups offer a tremendous benefit in being able to provide consistent images without the need to “touch” the guest servers.

Ideally, a solution designed for virtualization should have the same feature-richness associated with an image-based backup solution for physical servers, plus direct integration with the virtual platform to take highest advantage of it with the least processing and administrative overhead. There are several must-have features when looking into virtual server backups. These can mean the difference between just surviving a disaster and thriving during it.

Consider the following ten must-have features when looking for a solution to back up virtual infrastructures.

10. Cost Effectiveness

Yes, your data is the lifeblood of your business, and as much as 50% of IT budgets go towards backup and disaster recovery solutions, but that doesn’t mean that a solution should be overly expensive. IT budgets are shrinking, but the volume of data and the number of virtual servers is increasing. Reconciling this is going to require a solution that provides standard features at a lower price than competitive offerings.

Even saving a few hundred dollars per license starts to add up quickly. Cost effectiveness is also a function of the virtual backup solution’s licensing model. A virtual backup solution should be licensed on a per‐host or per‐processor model. This way, a business can get the best ROI for a highly consolidated infrastructure. This also encourages a business to invest in hardware that supports higher virtual machine density and the resulting lower support costs. It is a win‐win. Avoid any solution that licenses on a per virtual machine scheme.

9. Migration Support

Products like VMware Converter are fantastic for migrating servers into a vSphere infrastructure, assuming that all of the factors are met. In a lot of cases, a server might be too old or of the wrong platform to work correctly with this P2V scenario. A virtual server backup solution should support some means of migrating the physical servers into the virtual infrastructure. Although this isn’t a part of the backup role per se, it does factor into
supportability.

If a backup vendor provides a means of migrating from physical to virtual (P2V) or virtual to virtual (V2V), that vendor certainly will not have problems supporting the migrated virtual servers. By including a migration support method into the backup solution, a backup vendor will certainly stand behind the technology used and that the stability of the system wasn’t compromised by the migration.

8. Efficient Use of Storage

Features like compression and deduplication have long been found in physical backup and recovery products. Compression has been part of solutions for longer than deduplication, but deduplication has proven to be a stable addition to backup solutions. These are only now beginning to see the light of day in virtual environments. Disk space may be cheap as a general rule, but recent upticks in hard drive pricing and the high cost per gigabyte of SAN storage means that efficient use of space is crucial. This can often be cost justification enough to buy a compression and/or deduplication solution. If it saves enough space in cost per gigabyte, then a cost model can be built to justify the expense. The savings of deduplication aren’t as easy to quantify as compression, but every little bit helps.

7.  Flexible Backup Storage Options….

Sign In To Continue Reading

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

One Response to 10 Must-Have Features for Every Virtualization Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution

Comics

At CloudTweaks, we're plugged into the cloud, the internet of things and all that the web has to offer. From wearable technology, to mobile computing, cloud computing and big data, CloudTweaks is your source for updates and news on the most innovative technology.

Popular

Top Viral Impact

2014 Future Of Cloud Computing Survey Results

2014 Future Of Cloud Computing Survey Results

Engine Yard Joins North Bridge Venture Partners, Gigaom Research and Industry Collaborators to Unveil 2014 Future of Cloud Computing Survey Results SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 25, 2014) – Engine Yard, the leading cloud application management platform, today announced its role as a collaborator in releasing the results of the fourth annual Future of Cloud Computing Survey,…

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts It’s no secret that Cloud Computing is more than just a buzz term as that ship has sailed off a long time ago. More and more companies are adopting the uses and benefits of cloud computing while aggressively factoring cloud services spending into their budget. Included is an excellent…

The Future Of Work: What Cloud Technology Has Allowed Us To Do Better

The Future Of Work: What Cloud Technology Has Allowed Us To Do Better

The Future of Work: What Cloud Technology Has Allowed Us to Do Better The cloud has made our working lives easier, with everything from virtually unlimited email storage to access-from-anywhere enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. It’s no wonder the 2013 cloud computing research IDG survey revealed at least 84 percent of the companies surveyed run at…

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Survey: What Are The Trends?

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Survey: What Are The Trends?

Jaspersoft Big Data Survey Shows Rise in Commitment to Projects and Decline in Confusion Nearly 1,600 Jaspersoft Community Members Participate in Second Jaspersoft Big Data Survey San Francisco, February 4, 2014 – Jaspersoft, the Intelligence Inside applications and business processes, today shared results from its Big Data Survey. Nearly 1,600 Jaspersoft community members responded to…

Featured Sponsors

The Internet of Everything Opens Up The World

The Internet of Everything Opens Up The World

Shaping The World With New Technologies As a connected collection of intelligent objects, the Internet of Everything promises to open up those areas of the world hardest hit by economic, political and agricultural blights. Relatively inexpensive devices, paired with revolutionary energy sources and unprecedented access to information offer great promise to farmers and workers in…

Watching You Shop: Stores And Mannequins “Read” Their Customers And Respond

Watching You Shop: Stores And Mannequins “Read” Their Customers And Respond

Watching You Shop The mannequin in the store window stares blankly ahead as shoppers look at the clothes it is dressed in and contemplate a purchase. One shopper makes some comments. “It’s nice. I wonder if they have my size.” Another takes a few steps inside the store to see where these particular clothes might…

Sponsors

Cloud ERP Starter’s Guide: When QuickBooks Is Not Enough

Cloud ERP Starter’s Guide: When QuickBooks Is Not Enough

Cloud ERP Starter’s Guide: When QuickBooks Is Not Enough You’ve been running your small business on QuickBooks, or a product like it, to automate your accounting function and produce basic financial reports. So, what’s wrong? Things just don’t seem to be working well. It takes too long to get a “picture” of how your business…

Placement Opportunities - Find Out!

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

You can help continue to support our community by social sharing, sponsoring, partnering or contributing to this great educational resource.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021

Join Our Newsletter