Data Protection for Virtualized Environments

Traditional agent-based backup and recovery solutions can dramatically impact the security, performance and total cost of ownership of virtualized environments. As organizations expand their use of virtualization, they need to closely examine whether their data protection strategy supports efficient, fast, secure backups that won’t tax storage, network, budget, or computing resources.

The trouble with agents

Installing and maintaining backup software agents for each application on every virtualized server on a LAN is a manual, labor-intensive process. Backup application agents can also cause issues with resource utilization. Before virtualization, any backup activity could afford to take away some hardware resources from the under-utilized application server. But on a virtualized server running multiple OS instances, even 5% resource utilization quickly adds up. Console-less (COS-less) virtual servers even prevent backup applications from running on the host operating system.

Traditional backup and recovery strategies are not adequate to deliver the kind of granular recovery demanded by today’s businesses. Point solutions only further complicate matters, by not safeguarding against local or site failures, while increasing licensing, training and management costs.

Agentless backup and recovery simplifies data protection

Asigra Cloud Backup™ uses an agentless architecture that removes many of the hassles associated with the protection and recovery of virtual machines. Our solution enables your enterprise to maximize its virtualization strategy while achieving superior information protection and recovery management without performance degradation.

Asigra’s data recovery protection software works with both physical and virtual machines, supporting backup and restore in Hyper-V, VMware and XenServer:

  • Auto-discovers new guest VMs on individual servers
  • Centralizes backup configuration and management
  • Minimizes initial backup job configuration and ongoing management
  • Provides support for multiple backup sets, including VSS-aware backup sets such as SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint
  • Supports a broad spectrum of applications and operating systems
  • Protects guest VMs using CDP, incremental or VMDK-based backup
  • Supports Changed Block Tracking

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How it works

Simple to implement, operate and manage, Asigra Cloud Backup enables you to instantly restore your virtual environments, helping you to compress recovery time objectives. As an integrated, enterprise-wide solution, it offers a centralized management interface to ensure compliant, fast backup and recovery across all physical and virtual environments throughout the enterprise.

Both the DS-Client and DS-System components can be deployed as virtual appliances, and have been tested and certified on the following virtualization platforms:

  • VMware VSphere 4, ESX 3.5, ESX 3.0, ESXi, Workstation and Server, including vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) and Changed Block Tracking (CBT)
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Cluster and Volume Shadow Services (VSS) writer
  • Citrix XenServer, XenDesktop and VM Protection and Recovery snapshots
  • RedHat KVM Enterprise Virtualization for Servers Desktops
  • Parallels Virtuozzo Containers, Server, Workstation, Desktop
  • Oracle VM Server
  • VMready certified

The diagram below illustrates how Asigra Cloud Backup protects virtualized environments. To review other possible scenarios, download the white paper, “Virtualization Support Real Backups of Virtual Environments”.

Diagram illustrating how Asigra works with virtualized environments

Explore Asigra features

Asigra’s enterprise-class backup and recovery software provides a complete range of features that ensure the maximum in reliability, security, manageability and affordability.

Purpose-built for public, private and hybrid cloud architectures, Asigra Cloud Backup is equipped with:

Get more information

Check out these resources for further details about this topic:

White paper

Comprehensive VMware Virtual Machine Protection with Asigra Cloud Backup™

Data sheet

Virtual Machine Protection

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