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The Impact of VMware And Hyper-V Snapshots On Backup Technology

George Crump, Senior Analyst, Storage Switzerland, LLC

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The Impact of VMware And Hyper-V Snapshots On Backup Technology

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VMware was the dominant platform in the early part of the virtualization era. Now, Microsoft's Hyper-V is gaining traction in many virtualized infrastructures and it’s becoming more common to see both hypervisors used in a single data center. Just as support for multiple operating systems was considered a key differentiator for legacy backup applications, modern backup appliances are based on snapshot technology, which needs to support multiple hypervisors. This explains why snapshot usage for most VMware and Hyper-V backup applications is a mission-critical function when backing up virtual machines.

Differences in capabilities and functionalities in each hypervisor's snapshot implementation needs to be hidden as much as possible from the user in both GUI integration, and potentially when adding capabilities that are lacking in one hypervisor compared to another. This challenge is going to differentiate good developers from great developers, while failure to do so will make the user‘s job of managing virtual environments much more difficult.

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  • What a virtual machine snapshot is and how it works
  • Differences in capabilities and functionalities of Hyper-V and VMware snapshot technologies
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