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Virtualisation Progress On Hold For Data Fears

Virtualisation's progress is being held back by fears about data protection, according to a survey conducted by Vanson Bourne for VMware systems house Veeam Software.

Just under half (44 per cent) of the 500 CIOs Veeam surveyed said they avoid using virtualisation for some mission-critical workloads due to concerns about backup and recovery.

The problem, according to Veam's VMware Data Protection Report 2010, is that IT departments are still trying to back up virtual environments using the same tools that are used with conventional servers.

"Sixty-three per cent of respondents admitted that they use a single product to back up both their physical and virtual servers," said Ratmir Timashev, Veeam chief executive. "With this approach, they are still treating virtual machines as physical servers, and thereby limiting their ability to use virtualisation to its full potential. Consequently, enterprises do not have the optimum level of protection needed for virtualised mission-critical workloads."

The study found that organisations currently back up two thirds (68 per cent) of their virtual estates. Just over half (51 per cent) said backing up virtualised environments using tools designed for physical servers was too expensive, and 40 per cent said recovery time was unacceptably slow.

Two thirds (66 per cent) either recover the entire virtual machine first and restore the individual file, or keep two backups, one at a system level and another at a file level.

The good news - especially for Veeam is that the majority have seen the light: 61 per cent of enterprises using conventional backup and recovery tools say they will change their approach to take account of virtualisation.

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