What to Consider for Hypervisor Backup: The Configuration and the Data

As more companies invest in virtual machines, IT pros are presented with the need to integrate these virtualization environments into the data protection plan. The trouble is that while the data is usually backed up, often the hypervisor configuration is forgotten.

“It’s not enough to only back up the virtual machine, just like it’s not enough to only back up files or databases on a physical server,” says Sam Roguine, Asia-Pacific engineering director at Acronis. “Every piece of data must be backed up, and the hypervisor is no exception.”

10 Simple Steps to Data Storage Backup

Backing up data may seem like a hassle, but it's important — especially when it comes to recovering data that could otherwise be lost. Thinking about linking a device to a computer or waiting while it syncs with the cloud seems like a productivity killer but, in fact, it could be a productivity saver.

Businesses' adoption of cloud, mobile, virtual and other technologies have complicated IT's data protection task. Changing practices among both businesses and employees won't happen overnight, but, according to Enterprise Storage Forum reporter Drew Robb, there are some steps any employee or company can take to save information and time:

Modern Data Requires New Generation Data Protection: 8 Noble Truths

To help organizations better understand the challenges of backup, disaster recovery and secure access, Acronis has created the 8 noble truths of data protection. This is the fourth post in an eight-part series to help you optimally protect your data.

IT environments are becoming more complex every day due to a mix of on-premise, cloud, virtual and mobile technologies. These technologies promise to increase productivity and performance, while lowering operational costs. But the mix of new technologies, combined with the legacy services that businesses still rely on, has significantly increased the data protection challenges that IT professionals face every day.

Is Your Data Covered in a Multi-Hypervisor World? Q&A With Acronis' Sam Roguine

It's every IT pro's job to stay on top of the latest technology trends that could help turn a profit or increase employee productivity. Virtualization is so commonplace — Gartner, for example, estimates that Windows servers are nearly 70 percent virtualized — that IT pros might not give it much thought. And that can create problems since virtual data must be protected, starting with the driving force behind virtualization: the hypervisor. 

Here, Sam Roguine, Asia-Pacific engineering director at Acronis, discusses why IT pros neglect to back up the hypervisor, how that puts company data at risk and the need for technology to solve the migration and disaster recovery challenges in a multi-hypervisor world. Are you covered?

Why Affordable, Simple Technologies Top SMB IT Needs

The substantial pressures affecting IT departments — think more cloud, more mobile and more data, to name a few — can be especially difficult for small and medium-sized businesses to handle. SMB IT departments often lack the scale and deep pockets of their enterprise IT counterparts, yet they still need to make strategic technology decisions that satisfy business needs and give employees the tools they need to get work done. 

It's a big task and a big business. Analyst firm IDC predicts that total worldwide SMB IT spend will exceed $700 billion by 2017. Cloud services hosting provider Parallels, meanwhile, pegs the U.S. SMB cloud market alone at $24 billion with projected 17 percent growth every year through 2017. So how can that investment go toward solving top SMB IT challenges now and in the future? 

Any-to-Any Hypervisor Image Recovery

Hypervisor server diversification is becoming a key initiative for many businesses. In an effort to lower licensing costs by introducing competition for their hypervisor footprint, many organizations may be unwittingly taking on the potential burden of added infrastructure management, higher costs and increased backup complexity of their virtualized environment. On the other hand, if data centers had the ability to transparently migrate data from one hypervisor to another, many of these issues would be eliminated. As a result, any-to-any hypervisor recovery is becoming a critical requirement for data centers looking to drive down costs and increase flexibility.

In order to achieve optimal flexibility and cost, and respond quickly to changing business demands, large data centers – particularly CSPs/MSPs – need advanced backup and recovery capabilities to increase utilization of their hypervisor infrastructure.