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Businesses Failing to Realize the True Benefits of Virtualization for Data Protection


Veeam Software, innovative provider of VMware data protection, disaster recovery and VMware management solutions for virtual datacenter environments, today released preliminary findings from its first annual report on the impact of virtualization on data protection strategies. Although virtualization is improving IT costs and efficiency, an independent survey of 500 IT directors finds that similar strides have not been made in data protection.

Included in the findings:

  • Even though a virtual machine (VM) can be built and deployed in minutes, performing a full recovery of a backed-up VM still takes nearly five hours—a relatively small improvement in the six hours required to recover a physical server.
  • With the proper tools, nearly half of full server recoveries could be eliminated. Currently, 47 percent of such recoveries are being performed to recover a single file or application item.
  • Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of organizations experience problems every month when attempting to recover a server, and failed recoveries cost the average enterprise more than $400,000 every year. However, only 2 percent of all server and VM backups are tested for recoverability each year.

“IT managers often cite enhanced data protection as one of the primary reasons to virtualize, but the technology holds a huge amount of potential that businesses aren’t currently tapping into,” said Ratmir Timashev, President and CEO of Veeam Software. “For example, it’s well understood that virtualization can reduce the physical server footprint in areas such as off-site disaster recovery locations. However, virtualization can also improve traditional data protection in more profound ways that simply aren’t possible in the physical world. For example, with instant VM recovery, it’s possible to reduce recovery time from hours to minutes. It’s also possible to recover individual files and application items without restoring the entire machine. And businesses can eliminate unnecessary risks associated with failed backups by automatically verifying the recoverability of every backup.”

According to the survey, 63 percent of enterprises experience problems every month when attempting to recover a physical or virtual server. Testing the recoverability of backups can help eliminate this problem; however, only two percent of all backups are tested annually, and on average these tests are performed once every two months, leaving businesses with up to 60 days of bad backups. Respondents say testing recoverability of a single backup takes IT teams approximately 13 hours. Indeed, a lack of human resources is the top reason (61 percent) why IT departments do not test the recoverability of more backups.

Challenges such as this will be highlighted in Veeam’s forthcoming report, which examines changes in enterprise data protection strategies as a result of virtualization. The full report will be available for download in October. To receive it immediately upon availability, register at www.veeam.com/survey

Organizations routinely need to recover servers and data. Hardware failure is the most common reason (experienced by 68 percent of organizations in the last year), closely followed by a general IT problem such as misconfiguration (63 percent), and user or operator error (56 percent) where someone accidently deleted a file. According to Timashev, “With IT directors reporting that they plan to expand the use of virtualization in their server infrastructure from 42 percent to 63 percent during the next two years, businesses are in a much better position to address these issues. For instance, by using the right tools alongside virtualization, not only does testing for recoverability become easier, but it is now possible to quickly recover individual objects from any virtualized application, which is a lifesaver for users and for administrators.”

About the survey

Vanson Bourne, a research-based technology marketing consultancy, surveyed 500 IT directors from organizations across the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France that employ more than 1,000 people. Request a copy of the full report upon its availability by registering at www.veeam.com/survey

About Veeam Software

Veeam Software, a premier-level VMware Technology Alliance Partner, develops innovative software to manage VMware vSphere. Veeam vPower™ provides advanced Virtualization-Powered Data Protection™ and is the underlying technology in Veeam Backup & Replication™, the #1 VMware backup solution. Veeam ONE™ provides a single solution to optimize the performance, configuration and utilization of VMware environments and includes: Veeam Reporter™ – VMware capacity planning, change management, and reporting and chargeback; Veeam Business View™ – VMware business service management and categorization; and a choice of VMware monitoring options including the nworks Management Pack™ – VMware management in Microsoft System Center, the nworks Smart Plug-in™ – VMware management in HP Operations Manager, and Veeam Monitor™ – framework-independent VMware monitoring. Learn more about Veeam Software by visiting www.veeam.com

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