Research looks into the impact of virtualization on data protection strategies

Get free weekly news by e-mailVeeam Software, provider of VMware data protection, disaster recovery and VMware management solutions for virtual data center environments, has released some findings from its first annual report on the impact of virtualization on data protection strategies. Although virtualization is improving IT costs and efficiency, an independent survey of 500 IT directors finds that similar strides have not been made in data protection.

Even though a virtual machine (VM) can be built and deployed in minutes, performing a full recovery of a backed-up VM still takes nearly five hours: a relatively small improvement in the six hours required to recover a physical server. With the proper tools, nearly half of full server recoveries could be eliminated. Currently, 47 percent of such recoveries are being performed to recover a single file or application item. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of organizations experience problems every month when attempting to recover a server, and failed recoveries cost the average enterprise more than $400,000 every year. However, only 2 percent of all server and VM backups are tested for recoverability each year.

"IT managers often cite enhanced data protection as one of the primary reasons to virtualize, but the technology holds a huge amount of potential that businesses aren't currently tapping into," said Ratmir Timashev, President and CEO of Veeam Software. "For example, it's well understood that virtualization can reduce the physical server footprint in areas such as off-site disaster recovery locations. However, virtualization can also improve traditional data protection in more profound ways that simply aren't possible in the physical world. For example, with instant VM recovery, it's possible to reduce recovery time from hours to minutes. It's also possible to recover individual files and application items without restoring the entire machine. And businesses can eliminate unnecessary risks associated with failed backups by automatically verifying the recoverability of every backup."

According to the survey, 63 percent of enterprises experience problems every month when attempting to recover a physical or virtual server. Testing the recoverability of backups can help eliminate this problem; however, only two percent of all backups are tested annually, and on average these tests are performed once every two months, leaving businesses with up to 60 days of bad backups. Respondents say testing recoverability of a single backup takes IT teams approximately 13 hours. Indeed, a lack of human resources is the top reason (61 percent) why IT departments do not test the recoverability of more backups.

The full report will be available for download in October. To receive it immediately upon availability, register at

•Date: 29th Sept 2010 • Region: US/World •Type: Article •Topic: IT continuity
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