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Posted by Rachel Dines on April 30, 2010
During Interop, I attended two sessions on disaster recovery and backup in the virtual world, topics that are near and dear to my heart and also top of mind for infrastructure and operations professionals (judging by the number of inquiries we get on those topics). First up was How Virtualization Can Enable and Improve Disaster Recovery for Any Sized Business which was very interesting (and very well attended). The panel was moderated by Barb Goldworm, President and Chief Analyst, FOCUS, and the panelists were: George Pradel, Director of Strategic Alliances, Vizioncore; Joel McKelvey, Technical Alliance Manager, NetApp; Lynn Shourds, Senior Manager, Virtualization Solutions, Double-Take Software; and Azmir Mohamed, Sr. Product Manager, Business Continuity Solutions, VMware.
Barb kicked off the session with some statistics on disaster recovery that can help people build the business case for it: 40% of business that were shut down for 3 days, failed in 3 years. She also cautioned that you have to test DR regularly and under unexpected circumstances.
On Day two, George Pradel gave another session on Backing up Your Virtual Environment -- Best Practices. The biggest obstacle to virtualization adoption is backup challenges. Backup needs to be rethought in a virtual environment… and backup is one of the processes that no one wants to change. Backup windows are challenging; some people only have a 4 hour backup window.
One way to backup your virtual environment is to use image-based backups, which means that the entire system is encapsulated and can be recovered elsewhere (which obviously can help with DR as well). These kinds of backups can be done direct-to-target, or with a proxy server. At the end of the deck George had some best practices for backing up virtual machines for small, medium, and large environments:
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