W. Curtis Preston offered this advice to an attendee at a recent Storage Decisions conference.
There are a handful of backup products that were designed specifically for a virtual server environment. What are the advantages to using them?
So the first is when you have a product that is specifically designed for virtual environments, it's that whole purpose-built architecture argument. This is all they do: They can end up doing some really cool things because that's all they have to do. So the argument is, if you're 95% virtualized, it's really hard to argue against a product that does that really, really well.
The argument generally against them is, well, most people aren't 95% virtualized, which means some percentage of their environment is going to need another product. Then it's the two-product argument: Do you want to manage two products, or do you want to manage one?
What I do generally tell people is, if you're interested in one of those systems, they're certainly worth taking a look at. But make sure you check out [the] product you're currently using, and make sure you examine what their answer is as well.
This was first published in January 2014