The backup challenges of the mid-sized data center

With heavy virtualization and minimal resources, medium-sized data centers need virtualization-aware data protection.

Safeguarding data is a challenge in any data center, but in medium-sized data centers there are often a host of special considerations. They generally have dedicated, largely virtualized servers running mission-critical applications, and at the same time, they get slim resources, making data protection a major struggle, writes George Crump, lead analyst at Storage Switzerland.

Medium-sized data centers, which can be computing niches within large enterprises, tend to have shared storage and they often don't have sufficient demand to make an enterprise-grade, solid state disk system worth the investment, Crump writes in a post at InformationWeek. The larger problem, however, is backup and disaster recovery. Many of these data centers, which are heavily virtualized, don't have a separate site for replicating data. With virtualization, they have outgrown their legacy backup applications. Enterprise-class backup solutions are often too complicated and costly for the mid-sized data center, so organizations look for virtualization-aware data protection solutions.

When choosing a backup solution for a heavily virtualized, medium-sized data center, Crump recommends asking three questions: First, is it in your price range? Second, what is its capacity for getting your data offsite? And third, does it have the functionality you need and how hard is it to use?

For more:
- see George Crump's post at InformationWeek

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