SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile
News
2/25/2011
11:59 AM
50%
50%

SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup

Virtual environments may cause disaster recovery headaches for smaller companies if not handled with same urgency as physical systems, says Acronis.

Top 10 SMB Predictions for 2011
(click image for larger view)
Slideshow: Top 10 SMB Predictions For 2011

While smaller companies may adopt virtual machines in greater numbers in 2011, they may not necessarily adapt their backup plans to match the changes in their environments.

That's a problem, says backup and recovery vendor Acronis, which recently took a deeper dive into the data from its January study on small and midsize business (SMB) disaster preparedness. The report found that SMBs will increase their deployments of virtual servers in 2011, with adoption jumping from 22% to 33%.

"We realized that these SMB customers for the longest time have been putting their [disaster recovery] plans in place and backing up their data through their physical servers, and that's where they focused," said Seth Goodling, virtualization practice manager at Acronis, in an interview. "When the virtualization trend kicked off, and the server consolidation trend kicked off, all of a sudden they're faced with another set of challenges. It's not necessarily the best way to back up your virtual environments, the way you've backed up your physical environments in the past."

Goodling points to higher confidence in the ability to recover from an IT disaster among SMBs that treat their virtualized environments with the same degree of importance as they do their physical systems. "It was the companies that didn't put quite as much weight in their virtual environments that lacked confidence," he said.

In some cases, it could a matter of process: More than 40% of U.S. respondents in the study said they don't back up their virtual machines as often as their physical ones. That could be the result of tight resources or a lack of executive buy-in -- or both -- but whatever the reason, it makes good sense to have consistent backup policies across all environments. (And if you don't have any recovery plan, there's no time like the present.) Acronis advises SMBs to give equal importance to virtual machines in their backup plans, applying -- and enforcing -- the same policies that govern the company's physical machines.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
Study Proposes 5 Primary Traits of Innovation Leaders
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/8/2019
Slideshows
Top-Paying U.S. Cities for Data Scientists and Data Analysts
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/5/2019
Slideshows
10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/1/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
Slideshows
Flash Poll