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Tape and cloud strategies for VM backups

Scott Lowe, Partner and Co-founder, ActualTech Media

Tape and cloud strategies for VM backups
Published: December, 2013
In recent years, disk-based backup and recovery solutions have become increasingly popular as organizations strive to meet demanding recovery objectives (RTOs and RPOs) while providing a solution to easily manage data protection needs. This has become a more complicated matter in recent years as today’s datacenter has seen an explosion in the amount of VMs in use, increasing the data profile that needs to be protected. Tape systems are a tried-and-true practice for many environments, including large investments in tape infrastructure.

While cloud storage for many environments appears to be an alternative to tape systems, there is a significant learning curve associated with adopting object-based storage in public or private clouds. The overall goal is to provide the best RTOs and RPOs while reducing costs.
In recent years, disk-based backup and recovery solutions have become increasingly popular as organizations strive to meet demanding recovery objectives (RTOs and RPOs) while providing a solution to easily manage data protection needs. This has become a more complicated matter in recent years as today’s datacenter has seen an explosion in the amount of VMs in use, increasing the data profile that needs to be protected. Tape systems are a tried-and-true practice for many environments, including large investments in tape infrastructure.

While cloud storage for many environments appears to be an alternative to tape systems, there is a significant learning curve associated with adopting object-based storage in public or private clouds. The overall goal is to provide the best RTOs and RPOs while reducing costs.
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