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Taking Virtual Machine Recovery to the Next Level

I had the opportunity recently to meet with the folks from Veeam to learn about the newest release of their virtualization data protection solution, vPower v5.

  • Premiered: 10/27/10
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Desktop Virtualization Server Virtualization Veeam Virtual Backup
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Acronis vmProtect 7: Virtual Backup: Twice as easy, with half the overhead

A Speed, Efficiency, and Ease-of-Use Shoot-out with Acronis vmProtect 7

Over the span of a couple of years, a new type of data protection has rapidly emerged and become a center-stage requirement for businesses of all sizes. The technology is virtual machine (VM) backup, and with the rise of virtualization, it has become nearly mandatory for businesses to consider VM backup if they are deploying any type of server virtualization.

There are two reasons for this:

First, traditional backup is too resource intensive for the virtual infrastructure. It runs into bottlenecks such as simultaneous CPU, memory load, and network and storage IO. Pulling backup data across networks and storage fabrics is no small task. Using traditional backup agents to pull data for 20 or 30 virtual machines across the limited Ethernet and/or Fiber Channel ports of a single physical server can make backup nearly impossible, especially during limited windows of time during which daily backup must take place. 

Second, virtualization opens up new opportunities to perform more efficient backup. Technologies like VMware vSphere snapshots with guest OS integration and Changed Block Tracking (CBT) can be used to create backups that are faster, more capacity efficient, and more easily executed than ever before. The leading vendors in this space have vastly extended virtual backup capabilities through features like instant boot from backup, easy replication and data movement, and more.

It is of little surprise that backup in the virtual age has changed. Virtual Backup has rapidly become a highly versatile, easy-to-use toolset that no longer requires a standalone specialized infrastructure and a team of dedicated experts in the datacenter. Backup can now unlock many opportunities for the administrator to easily reuse and repurpose VMs, while maintaining seamless data protection.

With this in mind, we have closely monitored the virtual data protection market over the past few years, with an eye toward how vendors competitively stand up to each other, and where leadership is happening. From time-to-time, we have further examined the capabilities of specific vendors with hands-on testing. Not long ago, we evaluated the capabilities of Acronis vmProtect 6 against the closest competition, and discovered a significant performance advantage. In the past six months, as both the virtual infrastructure itself and backup vendor products have introduced a slew of new features, we expected vendor performance to leap ahead, but become much more closely matched as they approach the limits of efficiency optimizations.

Publish date: 05/21/12
Profiles/Reports

Unitrends Enterprise Backup 9.0: Simple and Powerful Data Protection for the Whole Data Center

Backup and recovery, replication, recovery assurance: all are more crucial than ever in the light of massively growing data. But complexity has grown right alongside expanding data. Data centers and their managers strain under the burdens of legacy physical data protection, fast-growing virtual data requirements, backup decisions around local, remote and cloud sites, and the need for specialist IT to administer complex data protection processes.

In response, Unitrends has launched a compelling new version of Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB): Release 9.0. Its completely revamped user interface and experience significantly reduces management overhead and lets even new users easily perform sophisticated functions using the redesigned dashboard. And its key capabilities are second to none for modern data protection in physical and virtual environments.

One of UEB 9.0’s differentiating strengths (indeed, the entire Unitrends product line) is the fact that in today’s increasingly more virtualized world, they still offer deep support for physical as well as virtual environments. This is more important than it might at first appear. There is a huge installed base of legacy equipment in existence and a lot of it has still not been moved into a virtual environment; yet it all needs to be protected. Within this legacy base, there are many mission-critical applications still running on physical servers that remain high priority protection targets. In these environments, many admins are forced to purchase specialized tools for protecting virtual environments separate from physical ones, or to use point backup products for specific applications. Both options carry extra costs by buying multiple applications that do essentially the same thing, and by hiring multiple people trained to use them.

This is why no matter how virtualized an environment is, if there is even one critical application that is still physical, admins need to strongly consider a solution that protects both. This gives the data center maximum protection with lower operating costs, since they no longer need multiple data protection packages and trained staff to run them.

This is where Unitrends steps in. With its rich capabilities and intuitive interface, UEB 9.0 protects data throughout the data center, and does not require IT specialists. This Product in Depth assesses Unitrends Enterprise Backup 9.0, the latest version of Unitrends flagship data protection platform. We put the new user interface through its paces to see just how intuitive it is, what information it provides and how many clicks it takes to perform some basic operations. We also did a deep dive into the functionality provided by the backup engine itself, some of which is a carryover from earlier versions and some which are new for 9.0.

Publish date: 09/17/15