Have We Reached VMware Backup Parity?

There was a time not too long ago where the state of VMware backups was bad. It was so bad in fact that entirely new companies emerged to address the problem. These companies took the approach of ignoring the then weak API sets and creating their own methods for protecting VMware. Over time VMware has greatly improved the quality of its data protection API set and with vSphere APIs for Data Protection (VADP), provides backup vendors with a consistent way to protect VMware.

However, a robust API set doesn’t mean that we’ve reach backup parity in VMware backups and in our on demand webinar “What’s Breaking Your VMware Backups and How to Fix Them” we discuss areas with which IT professionals still need to concern themselves with when it comes to protecting VMware environments.

The Cloud Differentiator

How and to what extent the backup solution leverages the cloud is a key differentiator for VMware data protection solutions. A cloud starting point for VMware data protection solutions is making a “Disaster Recovery copy” of backup data to the cloud. It is a very basic first step and having 100% of the organization’s data on-site and in the cloud makes it an expensive one.

A few VMware data protection vendors can leverage the cloud to archive old backup jobs, reducing the on-premises footprint of backup storage. Customers looking to fully leverage the cloud need a solution that stores all but the most recent backups in the cloud and leverages cloud compute to process those backups instead of using on-premises servers. The result is that the on-premises footprint is nothing more than a cache to store the latest copy of data; data protection becomes nearly infrastructureless.

The final cloud concern, as we detailed in the webinar, is how well, if at all, the solution protects VMware Cloud on AWS. Organizations are leveraging VMware Cloud on AWS for moving virtual machines during peak demand and some are running applications exclusively in the environment. In either case, data is changing and it needs to be protected. It is critical that IT professionals make sure their backup solution provides protection of VMware Cloud on AWS.

There are other differentiators other than the cloud and we discuss those in detail during our on-demand webinar. Watch the webinar now to learn how many products lack features like true auto-discovery and still haven’t really helped organizations solve the disaster recovery challenge.

Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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