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Six Characteristics of the Ideal VM Backup Solution

Virtualization offers companies and organizations of all sizes great advantages but it doesn't come without challenges.

Virtualization offers companies of all sizes great opportunities but it does not come without several challenges, two of those being massive outages and lost data. Fortunately these challenges can all be managed and are no real cause for concern. It's just a matter of finding an effective backup and recovery solution that will ideally meet the following qualifications:

Simplicity
Choosing a solution that allows you to use the same backup system and policies for all virtual and physical systems can simplify the management of data, increase data security, and decrease risk. You can also avoid risks associated with a tangled web of point solutions with the use of an integrated solution.

Speed
The advent of newer, faster technology provides the means to achieve data recovery at much faster speeds and with more frequency than traditional methods have been able to, in many cases up to 100 times quicker than was once possible. This is a huge bonus for companies as large numbers of virtual machines on one server can all be backed up frequently, thereby ensuring reliable and up-to-date backup is accessible whenever desired.

Recovery on Any Platform
The need to be able to quickly recover data from any system at any time is becoming more and more important, as well as having the data accessible whenever and wherever required. So regardless of a system failure, data can be quickly and accurately restored on the platform of your choice. This could be anywhere from a failover to a replicated virtual machine, or directly from a backup to a running virtual machine. This also applies to everything from physical servers to Hyper-V, VMware, RHEV, KVM, etc.

Ease of Migration
It is common for some data loss to occur during migrations so to avoid this, it is crucial that you choose a solution that is capable of performing any-to-any migration. This will provide the benefit of maximized capacity and efficiency, while avoiding data loss.

Flexibility
When choosing a backup and recovery solution for your particular needs, a single vendor may not be the right answer. Instead you may need to consider whether cross-hypervisor migration of data and disaster recovery and backup carried out across disparate systems is more preferable. The important thing is to choose a solution that provides you with choices; using a single vendor or a number of vendors are both effective.

Upgradeable
The backup solution should consist of technology that is capable of incorporating any further improvements and innovations to virtualization in the future.

More Stories By Jason Williams

Jason Williams is a former Microsoft employee and an expert on virtualization, in particular the Hyper-V platform. You can read more of his content at HyperVBlog.com.