During a briefing of Quest’s new data protection announcements I started to think about the future of data protection. Quest recently announced that NetVault will now work with Exagrid devices and that there is now a Capacity Edition targeting SMBs and SMEs. These changes add some more capabilities to an existing product suite. While, these announcements do not necessarily merge with virtualization backup, the combination of Quest’s tools and partnerships do form an impressive view of the future with respect to Data Protection. But is this future here now or even achievable?
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At the NE VMUG, while walking the floor I saw a new virtualization backup player, perhaps the first generic Replication Receiver Cloud: TwinStrata. And information gained while not at the NE VMUG. There is also a new virtualization backup player just for Hyper-V: Altaro. As well as a new release of Quest vRangerPro. The Virtualization Backup market is a very dynamic market with new ideas, technologies, and concepts being put into the market at every turn. In many ways, the market leaders are not the bigger companies but the smaller and fast growing companies. In the past, it was about features associated with pure backup, but now it is about features and fast disaster recovery and recovery testing.
As of the end of last year, there are a new breed of virtualization backup tools now available, end-to-end backup tools. These tools will backup a virtual machine to tape using built in mechanisms instead of requiring scripting, or multiple backup tools. The question is: is this necessary? Should virtual machine backups be dropped to tape at all?
Overall VMworld 2009 displayed a coming of age; an ecosystem maturity for all vendors, this was evident to all within the category of business continuity and disaster recovery, specifically the many forms of backup creation. Veeam, Vizioncore, and PhD Virtual all showed their latest released products as well as demoing future products that will integrate with VMware vSphere at a much deeper levels than previously available, a’la the VMware vStorage API. All vendors talked about expanding their product support into both Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. This space has become so important that even the traditional backup vendors such as Symantec (BackupExec)and HP (DataProtector) are getting into the act. This demostrates a market matruity in the ecosystem not seen at last years VMworld.