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Do Multiple Hypervisors Need Multiple Backup Strategies?

It's inevitable that the more complex your infrastructure is, the more challenging it is to manage. Despite that, there are good reasons not to settle on a single data processing solution. Different workloads have different performance and processing demands that may be best supported by different hypervisors. You may be driven by the costs of licensing to migrate to another platform or want to avoid dependency on a single vendor. As a result, most businesses are always on multiple platforms for data processing.

Those multiple platforms for processing the data make operational management more complicated, and the challenges aren't limited to "processing" the data. Backup and recovery in a multiple hypervisor environment can be more complicated. While it's possible to use a single tool to support your mixed processing environment, you may want to consider a mixed backup and recovery process as well.

Investigate Backup Tool Hypervisor Support

When you consider any backup and recover tool, you should investigate whether it supports the hypervisors you're using now and those you're likely to use in the future. Determine not only the product names but also the specific versions of the hypervisors that are supported. If you want to use a single product to back up all your hosts, it's important to find out if it will support all the hypervisors you're using simultaneously‚ÄĒthat is, does it have the ability to support a mixed hypervisor environment, not just the ability to support different hypervisors in different deployments in different environments. If you're running your applications in the cloud, compatibility with your cloud providers is another important criterion.

Finding a single tool that supports all your hypervisors doesn't necessarily mean you'll want to use the same backup strategy for all your servers, however. You still need to consider the requirements of your different workloads, the environments they run in, and the recovery requirements in order to craft a backup and recovery process that is customized to your specific needs.

dcVAST Strategies and Support for Backup and Disaster Recovery

The NetBackup Appliance from Veritas offers support for Hyper-V, VMware, and other common hypervisors. dcVAST offers managed backup services using NetBackup to efficiently backup all your valuable data. Monitoring and reporting ensure that the backups succeed without error. Our team can implement a new backup strategy for you or help you optimize your existing deployment.

dcVAST also offers Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). In this model, we use Amazon Web Services to provide cloud-based backup and disaster recovery. Our 24x7 monitoring and support ensure that recovery objectives are met and the disruption caused by any outage are minimized.

Whichever approach you choose for backup and disaster recovery, our strategic partnerships with leading industry businesses including Veritas, VMware, and Nutanix let us develop a customized approach that meets your business needs. No matter how many hypervisors you run in your data center, you only need one backup strategy: work with dcVAST to protect your data. Contact us to start developing an efficient and effective approach to backup and disaster recovery.