Like everyone else, I have been reviewing the Release Notes for the latest Update 1 release of vSphere 4.1, but I decided to point out specific fixes that will make full image VM backups better for everyone. Note that I work for Veeam Software, but the fixes I am referring to are all VMware resolved issues that surface from time to no matter what backup solution you use. There are numerous other fixes and impovements in the U1 release, but, since most of my world is backup these days, these particular items â€œpopped outâ€ at me.
Druva is not as new a company as the “launch” nomenclature indicates. The company has spent years building a data protection product, inSync, for remote enterprise PCs and already boasts hundreds of customers. The company is profitable and successful already, but decided to come to the United States and initiate a growth effort.
Last week, after the Exec Event in Palo Alto, I joined my friend W. Curtis Preston for his first Backup Central Live! event. Curtis has spent years educating IT pros about data protection, this was the first week of a new series of self-produced events. And let me tell you, although I’ve seen him present dozens of times, Curtis was really in his element here. He held the packed room enthralled, and the vendor sponsors I talked to were very pleased about the event!
Day 2 of Tech Field Day began with data management startup, Actifio. The Boston-based software company just recently came out of stealth and were eager to discuss their technology with the Field Day delegates.
CommVault is one of those enterprise IT companies that likes to go their own way. A spin-out of AT&Tâ€™s famed Bell Labs, CommVaultâ€™s Simpana software integrates many aspects of data management, from backup to e-discovery, under one umbrella. Last year, the company impressed me by adding cloud storage as a backup target equal in status to disk and traditional tape. Now the company is doing the same for storage-based snapshots, accelerating data protection for virtual machines.
This roundtable discussion focusing on storage maker Compellent is taken from Tech Field Day Seattle, held in July of 2010. One of the most-interesting points raised concerns the recent technological advances made by the major vendors. Another key issue in the conversation is W. Curtis Preston’s discussion of snapshots and data protection. Can traditional backup be made obsolete by storage system snapshots?
This week’s Tech Field Day roundtable discussion is an audio chat on the subject of Symantec’s VMworld-related announcements. This discussion occurred prior to the official announcement of these three products and was part of our joint effort to support VMworld, including Symantec’s sponsorship of our “Get Away to VMworld” contest.
A scenario involving reverting to an ESX snapshot can result in corrupted incremental backups when using vSphereâ€™s Change Block Tracking (CBT). In summary, â€œthere is a major issue with the way VMware handles the indexing of the ChangeID.â€
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work in a lab environment. Some of the work I’m doing is quite important to me so I decided to workout a way I can backup my VM’s onto a backup device. To my surprise this was pretty simple to do.
Veeam have just released some White Papers all written by VMware vExperts.