Backup and Recovery Tip: Best Practices for Protecting Virtual Machines

Backup and Recovery Tip: Best Practices for Protecting Virtual Machines

May 26, 2015

For the last several years, virtual machines have been rising in popularity as the standard method for backing up large company data. While virtualization has improved efficiencies, it can also introduce new challenges driven by consolidated data stores, heavy workloads and scalable infrastructures. Many organizations are still protecting their virtual machines just as they did with their physical machines, and encounter a variety of issues along the way. The problem? It’s expensive, increases recovery time, weakens host performance and requires more storage.

Protecting your virtual machines properly will ensure that your organization’s data is securely backed up.  Here are some helpful tips to use in your company’s virtual machine protection strategy: 

Utilize the Snapshot Feature

The snapshot feature will minimize the downtime of critical resources while also keeping backups as current as possible. Although snapshots shouldn’t be relied on for your complete disaster recovery plan, it’s smart to take snapshots of your virtual servers regularly. The more often you take a snapshot, the less VM data you stand to lose. You can do a complete restore from a snapshot as well as use it to create new, identical virtual servers quickly and easily.

Take Advantage of Deduplication

Deduplication offers space-saving functionality similar to thin provisioning, snapshots and cloning, but is able to do it as a singular service and will result in incremental storage savings compared to all of the others combined. Deduplication reduces the amount of storage required through the elimination of redundant information, and today’s high performance deduplication engines can do so without negatively impacting performance. It will also sufficiently managing data growth, increasing efficiency of storage and backup, and reducing the overall cost of storage. 

Choose a Third Party Software That is Easy to Implement

 For companies and organization that are new to data security virtualization, it is best to avoid “boutique products” that tend to be too specialized and often require specific internal skill sets to use them. Consider a more established backup software vendor, like Symantec, that are built for virtual infrastructure, but that also support workloads on physical systems. You may also want to create a checklist of features that are important for your environment to enable you to ask the right questions while in the market looking for VM backup solutions. 

The new NetBackup 7.7 provides single solution for your enterprise, available on a converged platform, and requires minimal administration even in the largest, most dynamic environments. 

To learn more about Veritas NetBackup 7.7, and its other great capabilities, request a consultation with Dewpoint