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survey of 500 CIOs, commissioned byVeeam Software and conducted by VansonBourne, reveals some interesting trends inthe virtual server space, specifically on thebackup and recovery practices of IT organizations.

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  • 1. Backup for VirtualEnvironments INFOSTOR Storage eBook an
  • 2. Contents Backup for Virtual Environments This content was adapted from the Infostor, Enterprise IT Planet and Enterprise Storage Forum websites. Contributors: Dave Simpson, Drew Robb and Richard Adhikari. 2 End-User Survey: Virtual Server Backup and Recovery2 3 Backing Up Virtual Servers is Tougher Than You Think 5 Boosting Storage Backup Speed in a Virtual Environment3 5 7 Financial Giant Uses Deduplication to Reduce Virtual Storage Costs712
  • 3. Backup for Virtual Environments End-User Survey: Virtual Server Backup and Recovery By Dave Simpson A survey of 500 CIOs, commissioned by and only 29 percent of IT organizations back up their Veeam Software and conducted by Vanson entire virtual estate. Bourne, reveals some interesting trends in the virtual server space, specifically on the Similarly, on average, backup tests are performed onlybackup and recovery practices of IT organizations. once every two months (which translates into potentially 60 days of bad backups), and only 2 percent of allFor example, penetration of virtual servers is now backups are tested annually.approaching 50 percent in IT infrastructures (currently42 percent), and since CIOs on average consider halfof their servers to be mission critical, that means thatvirtual servers are poised to penetrate mission-criticalapplications. And the 42 percent penetration today isexpected to grow to 63 percent in the next two years.The No. 1 reason that IT organizations virtualize is toconsolidate physical servers (71 percent), followed byimproved disaster recovery (54 percent) and improveddata protection (51 percent). Yet one of the primarygating factors to end-user adoption of virtual serverscenters on fears relating to the ability to successfullyback up and recover virtual machines (VMs). In fact, 44percent of the survey respondents said that concernsregarding VM backup and recovery prevented them fromvirtualizing mission-critical workloads.(The survey breaks out responses by region US, UK,France and Germany but the numbers cited in thisarticle refer to total percentages.)Not surprisingly, VMware vSphere is the leading virtualserver platform (73 percent), followed by MicrosoftHyper-V (28 percent) and Citrix Xen (27 percent). Thepenetration of both Hyper-V and Xen is expected toincrease to 30 percent over the next 12 months.What is surprising is that administrators are only backingup, on average, 68 percent of their virtual environments, 2 Back to Contents Backup for Virtual Environments a QuinStreet Storage eBook. 2011 QuinStreet, Inc.
  • 4. Backup for Virtual Environments Backing Up Virtual Servers is Tougher Than You Think By Richard Adhikari S erver virtualization is a promising cost-cutting are no tools to manage them, according to surveys by technology that is sure to continue growing Symantec. in the current economic climate, but backing up and restoring virtual servers could prove Lena Joshi, a senior product marketing manager atdifficult because of the extensive use of scripting. VMware, said VCB was designed so that its partners could provide solutions based on the technology and thatMost businesses use VMware products, as the company is it works with existing backup systems.the market leader, and its VMware Consolidated Backup(VCB) centralized backup facility Philosophically, its all about ourrequires users to write a lot of ecosystem, she said. VMwarescripts. That makes it difficult to is known for its strong ties withuse, according to some experts. third-party vendors, although Microsofts push into theThere are lots of different ways virtualization field with Hyper-Vto back things up, and VMware is threatening that ecosystem.basically leaves it up to the users, VCB is a framework that providessaid Robert Bloomquist, senior access more than anything else.engineer for virtual recovery atKroll Ontrack Data Recovery, which Joshi said VCB was designed tospecializes in restoring lost data. work with customers existing backup products, giving themVMware says extensive scripting direct access to data in virtualis only necessary if enterprises machines in shared storageusing VCB dont already have a networks. Youll have to writebackup solution in place, as VCB was designed to work scripts if you dont already have a backup solution, shewith existing backup systems, but at least one vendor of a said.backup solution for VMwares products disagrees. However, STORservers Rome said it may not be as easyIts difficult to just use the VCB framework because to use VCB with existing backup solutions as VMwareyou have to write a lot of scripts and requires a lot claims.of maintenance, and you have to spend a lot of timeon that, said Ellen Rome, vice president of sales and VCB is really just a framework, its not something thatsmarketing at backup, archiving and disaster solutions easy to use and implement, Rome said. You have to dovendor STORserver. That just adds another level of the integration to make it work with a lot of the popularmanagement to the process. backup solutions out there.Many companies leave out some of their virtualized Tools from traditional legacy backup systems vendorssystems in their disaster recovery plans because there such as CA, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Symantec, 3 Back to Contents Backup for Virtual Environments a QuinStreet Storage eBook. 2011 QuinStreet, Inc.
  • 5. Backup for Virtual Environmentswhich have extended their applications to the virtualenvironment, will not provide an adequate solution,claims George Pradel, director of strategic alliances atVizioncore, which provides backup and recovery productsfor the VMware environment.The procedures in traditional legacy applications havenot been modified for the extra capabilities you havein the virtual environment, Pradel said. You need adifferent approach.While storage vendors have made strides to adapttheir backup offerings to virtualization, its clear thatenterprises moving to virtual environments must re-thinktheir data backup and recovery infrastructure. 4 Back to Contents Backup for Virtual Environments a QuinStreet Storage eBook. 2011 QuinStreet, Inc.
  • 6. EMC PRESENTSDiscover the Power of Next Generation Backup See why EMC is the leader in backup and recovery at www.EMC.com/transformbackup.EMC2, EMC, and the EMC logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries.All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright 2011 EMC Corporation. All rights reserved. Source: IDC Worldwide Purpose Built Backup Appliance 2010-2015 Market Analysis and Forecast, 2010 Vendor Shares report (May 2011).
  • 7. Backup for Virtual Environments Boosting Storage Backup Speed in a Virtual Environment By Drew Robb B ackups used to be simple. Attach a disk array had only one or two Windows servers, data was being to a tape drive and away you went. Then the backed up onto much smaller Dell PowerVault tape libraries. volume