Virtual Disaster Recovery

Virtualization is one of the best things ever done for servers, as they allow one physical server to act as several, dramatically lowering computing costs and boosting efficiency. And in case of data restore, virtual disaster recovery is...

Virtualization presents challenges and opportunities for backup. One challenge is that backup systems have to protect data from virtual machines as well as physical ones. In some cases, IT was forced to host two solutions here, one backup tool for physical and a separate product to backup virtual machines. IASO has no such problem. IASO can back up physical servers and workstations, but can also protect virtual machines such as those from VMware 4.0, 4.1, 5.0 and later versions, and can make a hot-backup of an already running VMware virtual machine.

When it comes time to restore, IASO can reinstall the VM-image and related snapshots to either the original VMware host, or to a new host. For smaller incidents, IASO can restore a single file from a VMware image. This technology can form the basis of a Virtual Disaster Recovery (VDR) service, where service providers can create offerings that let IT recover from data loss in minutes from the cloud. Here a failed Windows Server can now be recovered to VMware or a VMDK.

IASO also supports the fast-rising Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor. Here IASO can back up virtual machines based on Hyper-V Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).


IASO Cloud Backup Virtual DR technology

Partners are already selling the value of IASO virtual disaster recovery. "IASO Cloud Backup's Virtual DR technology is a tremendous competitive differentiator," said Thomas Campbell, product manager, Redstor Limited, an IASO partner. "It expedites data recovery in the event of a system failure, and it's extremely flexible. Users can restore to a flat file, so they don't need a full VMware estate to benefit from this functionality. Additionally, we now have the opportunity to offer standby VMs to our customers. In the event of a disaster, the machines simply need to be turned on and customers will have immediate access to their servers. This combination of innovation and flexibility truly keeps data protected and available when companies need it most."

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