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FAQ: Backing up virtual servers today

Experts weigh in on frequently asked questions about backing up virtual servers, including whether you need VM-specific backup software.


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.


How does image-level backup differ from traditional backup?

Learn the differences between image-level backup and traditional backup in this article and why it matters for virtual server backup. Continue Reading


What is the difference between crash-consistent and application-consistent backups of VMs?

Learn the differences between crash-consistent and application-consistent backups of virtual machines. Continue Reading


Why use VM-specific backup products?

Although legacy products have the ability to back up virtual servers today, many shops use a third-party, VM-specific backup product instead. Learn why. Continue Reading


How does VM-specific backup compare with legacy backup software plug-ins?

Functionality of legacy backup software plug-ins for VM backup are compared with third-party virtual server-specific software in this article. Continue Reading


Why use deduplication when backing up virtual machines?

Learn why data deduplication is so useful when backing up virtual machines. Continue Reading


What is recovery-in-place and how does it work?

This article explains recovery-in-place, or the ability to run an application from a backup instance of a virtual machine. Continue Reading


How does VM backup fit with cloud backup and disaster recovery?

This piece discusses challenges associated with backing up virtual servers to cloud storage for disaster recovery (DR). Continue Reading


How is VM replication to the cloud changing data protection?

Learn how the ability to replicate and run virtual machines in the cloud is changing data protection and DR for SMBs. Continue Reading


How do third-party DR tools compare with native VM replication?

Learn why many shops choose a third-party option for virtual machine DR rather than using the replication tools native to Hyper-Vor VMware? Continue Reading


Why is interest in backup monitoring tools growing?

Because it is so easy to create virtual servers, backup monitoring tools are growing in popularity to ensure data is protected across the board. Continue Reading


Virtual server backup terms you should know

Below are a list of key server virtualization terms. Know them, use them, love them. Carry on.

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