Tag Archives: backup/DR

Exploring VMware’s New OnDemand Private Cloud (Part 1)

UPDATE:  vCloud Air OnDemand is out of beta and has now entered an Early Access Program for which you can sign up here. Recently I’ve had the opportunity to explore a beta of VMware’s upcoming cloud offering – vCloud Air

PBS: Why You Need Backup 2.0 — Avoiding the Costs of Traditional Backup

Reducing OPEX (Operational Expense) is a low-hanging fruit that often times I see some organizations fail to reach up and grab. Sometimes it is overlooked after virtualizing and other times it is even a fear towards virtualizing (VM Stall). In

Can your VM be restored?  VSS and VMware — Part 2 (updated)

Can your VM be restored? VSS and VMware — Part 2 (updated)

The backup job for your VM completed successfully so the backup is good, right? Unfortunately it’s not that simple and a failure to effectively deal with VM backups can result in data loss and perhaps even legal consequences.

Quest vRanger and Direct-To-Target Backups

Direct-To-Target backups can generally significantly increase parallelism and backup performance.  In the vRanger architecture, each ESX host would be the “data mover” and collect the bits and write them directly to the backup target (CIFS or NFS).  Quest has noted

Can your VM be restored?  VMware and VSS — Part 1

Can your VM be restored? VMware and VSS — Part 1

The backup job for your VM completed successfully so the backup is good, right? Unfortunately it’s not that simple and a failure to effectively deal with VM backups can result in data loss and perhaps even legal consequences. We will

The Risks of Thin Provisioning — and Solutions

Recently I was interviewing a candidate who mentioned his vSphere experience.  I asked him what his favorite feature of vSphere 4.1 was and he said thin provisioning (technically this was possible in ESX 3.5 but was really introduced in 4.0).

Application Consistent Quiescing on vSphere 4.1

Windows 2008 guests that were created on vSphere 4.0 may need to be modified before the application consistent quiescing support for Windows 2008 in vSphere 4.1 can be used. I prevously posted a two-part series on backups and VSS considerations

Symantec ApplicationHA: High Availability for Virtualized Applications

Symantec ApplicationHA: High Availability for Virtualized Applications

How can you provide high availability to your virtualized mission-critical applications? There are several ways, and now Symantec is introducing a new option:

Virtual Geek 2010 Survey Results

Chad Sakac (a.k.a. Virtual Geek) has posted the results on his informal survey and there are some interesting results. You can review the full details on Chad’s post but I wanted to “borrow” a few graphics that I thought

VM Backup Reference Architecture – Part 2: Beyond VADP

UPDATE:  Some good information in the comments.  I will be posting follow-up updates on both Veeam and Vizioncore solutions either during or after VMworld. In Part One,  I discussed the features provided in VMware’s VADP (vSphere API for Data Protection).