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Four Predictions for Backing Up a Virtual World in 2012

Four Predictions for Backing Up a Virtual World in 2012;

Finally in 2012: Full Support for Multiple Hypervisor Platforms

Since most companies now run two or more virtual platforms, backup products must follow suit with support for VMware backups, Hyper-V backups and Citrix XenServer backups. We expect to see an approximate doubling of the number of backup software vendors who support multi-hypervisor environments, and this includes support for migrations among physical and virtual machines.

100% Recoverability Becomes a Reality

IT departments running more applications on more virtual machines need to be certain their Hyper-V backups or VMware backups are absolutely, positively recoverable. The pressure to reach this state of perfection has long-since overtaxed legacy backup schemes and most first-generation virtual backup software, both of which have fallen short in critical areas.

Fortunately, 2012 will see an important evolution in backup assurance with the arrival of automatic testing and verification of backups for 100% recoverability: a guarantee of any backup’s ability to be recovered. And it has come just in time, not just to support the seemingly unending growth of mission-critical data, but to address the need to recover backup data quickly to meet the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPPA regulations.

Backup, Recovery and Replication!

First-generation VM backup tools have been claiming Backup 2.0 status because they claim to do a better job of backing up virtual machines than do legacy backup systems. Unfortunately, they leave a significant portion of physical machines behind and unprotected, and they fail to offer full support for migrations or even multiple virtual machine platforms. 2012 will herald the arrival of true, all-inclusive Backup 2.0 solutions that combine backup, recovery and replication for all common Windows environments. Unified data protection strategies will begin to replace uncoordinated legacy, VMware backup and Hyper-V backup schemes each with a separate user interface. Replacing multiple schemes with one that’s centrally managed will positively impact complex existing management and licensing issues, and it will likely cost users less to own, a key to achieving budget happiness in 2012.

Backup 2.0 comes to SQL

Interest in (and the need for) Backup 2.0 technology for SQL backup will accelerate in 2012. As many IT shops begin to come to grips with the increasing number of SQL Server applications embedded in various pieces of line-of-business software, they will be forced to conclude that VMware backups and Hyper-V backups mired in Backup 1.0 technology will not be rapidly recoverable with existing legacy backup and recovery products. The culprit? A lack of application awareness to tie the backup data back to the application.

This will trigger an increasing wave of forklift upgrades to Backup 2.0 in 2012, as such a step is urgently required to meet rapidly tightening RTOs and RPOs. Backup 2.0 offers great leverage for shortening recoveries. Its major advantage is that it doesn’t focus on specific point-in-time snapshots; rather it creates a single backup repository in which the disk blocks reside. As more administrators investigate Backup 2.0, they will find it has far more flexibility to recover your choice of a single file or a complete server from the same backup pass, and that it does it faster.

Author Bio:- Joseph Hand is the Senior Director of Product Strategy at AppAssure Software. He works directly with marketing, sales and development to architect backup and replication software for Windows Server, Hyper-V, VMware and Microsoft Exchange Server backup.

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