Protecting the virtual server data environment

Commvault educates us on virtual server data protection

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Protecting the virtual server data environment Allen Mitchell, senior technical account manager, MENA, CommVault Systems.
By  Allen Mitchell Published  April 3, 2013

IT has reached an inflection point in the adoption of virtual server technologies and companies in the Middle East are now rightfully asking "Why not virtualise?" instead of "Why virtualise?".

Beyond the obvious cost savings due to consolidation and reduced operational overheads, businesses are now realising that they can improve the availability, reliability and even performance of their mission-critical applications by running them in a virtual context.

Gartner recently forecast an expectation for x86 server virtualisation to double from 40% in 2011 to 80% by 2016. While the uptake of virtualisation is encouraging, data protection and management in the virtual environment continues to be a challenge for most organisations. Most existing tools for backup and data protection of virtual machines are limited either in terms of scale, recovery capabilities, scope and support or application integration.

Simply force-fitting legacy solutions that are not optimised for the new virtual environments only adds to cost and increases the potential risks to overall business.

What CIOs should know about virtual server data protection

One of the biggest misconceptions in IT is the equation between "Best of Breed" and "Point Solution". Many vendors now offer data protection solutions that they claim are "purpose-built" or "optimised" for the virtual world. Typically point solutions offer data protection for only a subset of the overall data centre - in this case the virtual environment - which means these solutions lack support for what are potentially key elements of a comprehensive data-protection strategy.

Consequently, multiple solutions are required to ensure adequate data protection for the entire data centre. The drive to virtual infrastructure is about reducing cost by consolidating resources, maximising utilisation and centralising management. It is thus counter-productive to completely contradict this strategy by adding multiple, complex solutions for data protection and management.

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