Survey Shows That Backup, Recovery Processes for Virtual Servers Is a Leading Data Protection Challenge
KIRKLAND, Wash., Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Recoverability of data, validating backup success and response time for troubleshooting backup failures were named by at least one-third of respondents in a recent Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) survey(1) as the top challenges for protecting an organization’s virtual server environment.
The survey, sponsored by Bocada Inc., the world’s leading provider of data protection management software and the creator of the Data Protection Service Management (DPSM) model, queried IT professionals from North America responsible for the operation, management and protection of physical and virtual server resources as to the issues that they face in protecting their business-critical data. Bocada today announced general availability of their new Bocada Vision solution aimed at addressing the challenges uncovered in the survey.
Sixty percent of respondents rated backup and recovery processes for virtual servers as a “Top 5″ data protection challenge, while citing validating recoverability, gaining visibility into capacity use and understanding performance impacts on applications/workloads in the virtual environments as other top concerns.
Among the survey’s other findings:
- Recoverability of data was both the most-characterized challenge for protecting an organization’s virtual server environment (39 percent of respondents) with validating backup success being the second biggest challenge (noted by 35 percent of respondents)
- Users intend to increase the ratio of virtual machines per physical server, which will potentially further complicate backup challenges. While seventy-two percent of respondents estimate they are currently running 10 or fewer virtual machines per physical server, in the next 24 months 65 percent of respondents expected to be running 11 or more VMs per server, with 23 percent expecting to be running more than 25 per physical machine.
- New challenges also arise when backing up virtual machines, 31 percent of respondents noted that understanding the impact of backup operations on applications/workloads sharing the same physical server was a concern. As organizations continue to increase the ratio of VMs per server, the performance impact of running backups will become more critical to understand.
- Capacity management was also a top concern. Overall, 30 percent of users considered tracking capacity trends and consumption a challenge in the virtual data protection environment, and 51 percent of respondents’ utilizing snapshots cited it was important to understand what capacity could be reclaimed by deleting out of date snapshots.
Bocada Vision, groundbreaking software technology, addresses issues of VM recoverability by providing insight into whether backups are successful and where recovery points are. It tells users what resources are being used to protect VMs and whether they are optimized while detailing the performance impact of protecting VMs. A standalone solution for managing data protection in virtual environments, Bocada Vision can also be fully integrated with Bocada Prism to provide total physical and virtual protection of a user’s entire backup infrastructure.
“ESG’s survey reveals many inadequacies of data protection in virtualized environments that clearly need to be addressed,” said Nancy Hurley, Bocada CEO. “New challenges arise as organizations increase the number of VMs in their environment, and our goal is to provide an effective way for users to monitor and manage backup activities and address key management issues. Bocada Vision offers organizations a better way to ensure recoverability of virtual servers.”
Bocada Vision is available as a standalone module or integrated with Bocada Prism, a service management application that was purpose built to help organizations move through the DPSM model, a multi-phase set of best practices to ensure cost-effective delivery of data protection services to customers. Bocada leveraged years of customer experiences to create a workflow-driven, intelligent analysis solution with built in SLA impact analysis, change tracking, trend analysis and a searchable knowledge base to ensure organizations can meet business goals and improve operational efficiencies. When used over an extended period of time, Prism provides a historical overview of the backup environment to see if it is operating the way it should be. This information is vital in addressing whether changes need to be made, the architecture needs updating, and what data is readily available, as well as to forecast future growth. For more information about Bocada Vision, visit http://www.bocada.com/. To register for a webinar on challenges of virtual backups with Enterprise Strategy Group’s Senior Analyst Lauren Whitehouse go to http://www.bocada.com/go/vision-esg-webinar
Bocada is a VMware Elite Partner, providing market leading data protection service management solutions to transform the way companies deliver data protection services to achieve greater business and IT alignment, maximize operational efficiency, minimize risk and increase customer satisfaction. Based on patented, agent-less technology, Bocada solutions deploy rapidly and scale to meet the demands of the largest multi-vendor data protection environments. Picking up where other backup software companies stop, Bocada software monitors and creates in-depth reports for transparency and accountability and empowers users to address any failures in their data protection process. Hundreds of enterprise organizations more effectively manage over 600,000 backup clients and servers with Bocada solutions. Headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, Bocada is privately held and funded by leading venture investors. For more information visit: www.bocada.com.
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(1) ESG Research surveyed 183 IT professionals from North America responsible for the operation, management, and protection of physical and virtual server resources in September, 2011.
Dan Miller, JPR Communications
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