As Virtualization and cloud computing technology spreads its wings, backup and data protection of virtual infrastructure is becoming a vital part of many IT departments data backup planning. Dave Elliott has written a great piece on what not to do when considering virtualization backup solutions in your greater organizational disaster recovery strategy and planning.

Some highlights from the article:

By now, most IT pros are neck deep in virtualization. Virtualization has been gaining steam steadily over the past few years. In fact, according to one survey, 95 percent of data centers are deploying some level of server virtualization (Metrics Bases Assessment LLC, 2009). The benefits of server virtualization are obvious: increased utilization rates, increased business flexibility, lower hardware costs, better utilization of computing resources, reduced space requirements, power and cooling requirements and improved IT staff productivity.

However, none of these benefits can be realized if IT doesn’t address the new challenges virtualization can bring throughout the IT infrastructure. This is especially true when it comes to protecting data. These data protection challenges include increased risks to enterprise data and possible increased costs of protecting that data.

By avoiding some of the data protection pitfalls in virtualized environments, IT can reap the rewards of data protection in the enterprise.

  • Mistake #1: Not Backing Up Virtual Machines
  • Mistake #2: Installing a Backup Agent on Every Guest
  • Mistake #3: Running Two Backup Infrastructures
  • Mistake #4: Failing to Protect Your Applications
  • Mistake #5: Backing Up Applications Twice
  • Mistake #6: Backing Up to Tape-only (or Disk-only)
  • Mistake #7: Backing Up Redundant Data
  • Mistake #8: Treating Backup as an Island
  • Mistake #9: Failing to Use Your SAN
  • Mistake #10: Failing to Consider Restore

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