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  • Examining today's data protection solutions

    Exponential data growth, the need for more frequent data protection, the rise of server virtualization and a variety of other challenges have emerged over the past few years, and backup vendors have begun to offer alternatives to traditional nightly ... 

  • Identify and conquer today's backup challenges

    The last several years have brought about changes and challenges for backup administrators. Many have relied upon the same approach to data backups for decades, but the tried-and-true approach of nightly backups is becoming impractical. Exponential d... 

  • The backup target today

    There are many backup target options available with a wide range of price points. They include everything from tape drives and tape libraries to virtual tape libraries, deduplication arrays, integrated backup appliances and cloud backups.
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  • What is data protection?

    Data backups have evolved to the point that they are hardly recognizable. For many organizations, the days of producing a nightly backup to tape are over. Exponential data growth and the need for near real-time data protection have driven organizatio... 

  • More choices for virtual server backups

    Virtualizing servers has had an impact on nearly every facet of storage operations, but moving from physical to virtual servers had the greatest effect on backup. Firms tried traditional approaches with backup agents in each virtual machine and other... 

  • Backing up virtual servers: A buyer’s checklist

    Effectively backing up virtual servers continues to be an issue for storage shops. In many virtual machine (VM) environments, traditional backup methods and applications are inadequate, either contributing to storage network bottlenecks or simply not... 

  • virtual tape library (VTL)

    A virtual tape library (VTL) is a storage system consisting of hard disk drives (HDDs) that looks and acts like a physical tape library. 

  • cloud backup (online backup)

    Cloud backup, also known as online backup, is a strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over a proprietary or public network to an off-site server. 

  • VSS-based backup

    Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is a Windows service for capturing and creating snapshots called shadow copies.  VSS, which operates at the block level of the file system, provides a backup infrastructure for Microsoft operating sytems.  

  • image-based backup

    Image-based backup is a backup process for a computer or virtual machine (VM) that creates a copy of the operating system and all the data associated with it, including the system state, and application configurations and saves it as a single file. 

  • VMware backup

    VMware backup is the copying of data on a virtual machine (VM) in a VMware environment to prevent data loss. 

  • virtual server backup

    Virtual server backup is the copying of data stored on a virtual server to guard against data loss. 

About Backup for virtual servers

Backup for virtual servers has emerged as a common pain point for enterprise data storage professionals. You'll find all our resources on backup for virtual servers here, including news, tutorials and expert advice on VMware backup tools such as VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB), VMware Data Recovery Manager and vSphere. You'll also find information on Microsoft Hyper V and Citrix Xen backup. This section also offers information about third-party virtual server data backup and recovery tools from companies such as Veeam and and Vizioncore. You can also learn how data backup software vendors are responding to the challenges associated with backup for virtual servers. Bookmark our backup for virtual servers page and check back frequently for the latest tips and podcasts on backing up virtual servers.