Although many VARs and MSPs view virtualization as a topic for upper midmarket and enterprise size companies, the reality is that SMBs are starting to get in on the action, too. In fact, research firm AMI-Partners predicts that SMB spending on server virtualization, which reached $1.2 billion in 2012, will grow 18.1% annually! As virtualization becomes a bigger part of your VAR/MSP practice, be sure that your BDR (backup and disaster recovery) solution is able to keep up with your customers’ evolving data protection needs. Doug Hazelman, VP of Product Strategy and Chief Evangelist at Veeam Software, addresses this topic in his latest article: “Don’t Get Burned By a Second Rate VM Backup Product.” In the article, Hazelman discusses five VM backup pitfalls that can trip up resellers if they’re not careful. Here’s a quick summary of those pitfalls:
1. Agents. These small programs add an unnecessary layer of complexity as well as a potential point of failure to the VM backup process.
2. File-based backups. Some traditional BDRs don’t communicate natively with VMs, so they treat VMs like physical machines and perform file-based backups, which increases backup time.
3. Slow Recovery. Another downfall with BDR products that treat VMs like physical machines is seen during the data recovery process, requiring users to create a restore environment that’s exactly like the original environment, a burden that virtualization is supposed to eliminate.
For additional details about these VM backup pitfalls and to hear two additional pitfalls that using a traditional BDR product to perform a VM backup can lead to, be sure to check out Don’t Get Burned By a Second Rate VM Backup Product.