A few years ago, backing up virtual machines (VMs) was performed with traditional agent-based backup software as if the virtual machines were physical servers. However, this approach left a lot to be desired. A number of virtual server-specific backup software products like Veeam emerged, addressing the challenges associated with backing up VMs, and eventually, legacy backup software vendors developed VM-backup options as well. Today, there are a variety of approaches and technologies available for VM backup. Some shops still take the traditional agent-based approach while others are using advanced functionality such as "recovery-in-place" for virtual machine data protection. If you are getting started with backing up virtual servers or you need a quick refresher on technologies available today for performing this task, this FAQ is a great place to start.
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What you should know about backing up virtual servers
This section offers a collection of frequently asked questions about virtual server backup, as well as answers from various backup experts. Get started learning about the technology available today for protecting data on virtual machines.
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Virtual server backup terms you should know
Below are a list of key server virtualization terms. Know them, use them, love them. Carry on.