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Editorial Library Category: Manufacturing Topics: Manufacturing, Data Recovery Title: Data Recovery in a Hybrid World Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: Data recovery has undergone many changes in recent years, and much of that change can be traced to the emerging dominance of virtualization. It should be no surprise to you that virtualization is an increasingly important part of information technology. Editorial: Data Recovery in a Hybrid World 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 Data recovery has undergone many changes in recent years, and much of that change can be traced to the emerging dominance of virtualization. It should be no surprise to you that virtualization is an increasingly important part of information technology. More and more companies are moving their systems to virtual machines (VMs) or to cloud platforms run on a private basis. Major vendors are supporting entire platforms on virtual systems. Companies have switched to VMs because they are reliable and efficient, but that doesn’t mean there are no associated problems. One of the biggest has to do with data recovery. It used to be that data recovery was an IT problem, and it involved recovering servers. That is no longer the case. Businesses rely much more on their systems than they did in the past. A problem with data recovery can impact a company’s resiliency. When it comes to data recovery, you need to be sure that your methods are reliable and comprehensive. Data Recovery Issues If a manufacturing company moves one or more of its systems to something virtual, what are the most important factors to consider with respect to data recovery? It turns out there are two: 1. Many companies have a hybrid combination of physical systems and virtual systems provided by different vendors. 2. Data restoration might have to be on a system that is configured differently than the original. Alternatively, a system might have to be configured differently before data can be restored. As a result of these two realities, any company that has a hybrid infrastructure can’t use just one solution when protecting and recovering information. Instead, it will have to provide at least two kinds of solutions, neither of which is likely to apply to any systems other than the ones they were designed for: Virtual protection generally uses snapshot techniques for its VMs. Protection of physical servers involves using either applications or agent-based protection solutions for specific platforms. The problem of restoring data to different machines has been around since most companies started using physical data centers. The need to back up more than one VM as a unit, however, is specific to the virtual world. Whatever problem you have to solve, your goal should be to make the process of data recovery as simple as possible by preparing ahead. The process will include three steps: 1. You will obviously want to protect data. This is fundamental. 2. In addition, you may need to recover the environment. 3. It will be necessary to manage the recovery so that the impact of data loss on the company is as small as possible. Data Recovery Tools The good news is that you will have help. A new generation of tools is being created, and many of them are being designed specifically for problems involving hybrid systems. This means you should be able to find many third-party providers and VM manufacturers that are creating new tool sets for you to use as you protect virtual and physical servers. In many cases, these companies are also making tools to help you recover data objects or, if necessary, an entire VM from the same environment backup. In order to recover data as effectively as possible, you will have to make sure you have the right combination of tools, whether native or third-party, to get the job done. Since the number of available tools is increasing at a brisk pace, that means you should also periodically check on what’s available so you can make sure your choices are still the best ones.

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