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Using SAN for VM Backup: Recommendations and Benefits


Storage Area Network (or SAN) has long been a staple storage in the enterprise datacenter. Especially since virtualization has also become a major component of enterprise datacenters, traditionally, availability of shared storage has long been a requirement to take advantage of all the enterprise features found in today’s virtualization products. SAN is generally the most expensive storage you can configure, as SANs today are generally highly intricate and powerful hardware devices in their own right. Since Storage Area Networks are built for high performance and redundancy, they generally contain multiple storage controllers, I/O cards, drives, network connectivity, etc. With the expensive nature of SAN technology, organizations want to be as efficient as possible when making use of a SAN in their environments. Additionally, the powerful features and functionality of SAN hardware can be harnessed for VM backup. Let’s take a look at best practices for using SAN, its efficiency, as well as advantages of its features and functionality.

Best Practices for Using SAN in Backing up Virtual Machines

When thinking about the return on the capital expenditure on a Storage Area Network (SAN), we want to make sure we are utilizing it as efficiently as possible and using the features and functionality that make SAN powerful. Modern backup solutions need to interact with SAN in such a way as to operate as efficiently as possible, as well as leverage the technologies that are present with these powerful storage systems.

Ideally, data protection solutions should provide the least amount of overhead possible on production storage area network systems, while still achieving the objective of protecting production data. This benefits production workloads by allowing for minimal impact on production performance due to data protection jobs transferring data from production.

Read the entire article here, Using SAN for VM Backup: Recommendations and Benefits

via the fine folks at NAKIVO.

NAKIVO NAKIVO is a US corporation founded in 2012. NAKIVO develops a fast, reliable, and affordable data protection solution for VMware, Hyper-V, and cloud environments. Over 10,000 companies are using NAKIVO Backup & Replication to protect and recover their data more efficiently and cost effectively, while over 150 hosting, managed, and cloud services providers are using NAKIVO’s software to deliver VM BaaS and DRaaS to their customers. NAKIVO has a global presence with over 2,000 channel partners in 124 countries worldwide.

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