Three Steps to Protect Your Virtual Systems

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Virtualization isn’t just for large enterprises. Small businesses are using it effectively, making themselves more agile, more efficient, and more competitive.

Virtual systems are more cost-effective than physical servers and can be deployed quickly to meet demand and keep up with your company’s growth. It’s important, though, to remember that the data on a virtual server needs the same level of protection as a physical server.

Here are three simple steps you can take to protect the data in your virtual environment.

  • Automate Your Backups: Virtual environments grow quickly, and it’s easy to leave a new virtual machine unprotected. Make sure you have a tool in place that recognizes new virtual machines immediately and backs them up automatically.

  • Protect Data on Both Physical and Virtual Systems: Data is data whether it is stored on a physical or a virtual system. Managing separate backup solutions is a burden, and you can’t afford not to back up the data on your virtual systems. You need a backup solution that can handle both systems from a single console for efficient management.

  • Make Sure You Can Easily Restore Your Data: Keeping your data backed up only has value if you can quickly and easily restore the data when it is needed. Your backup solution must enable you to recover individual files and objects—even within virtual environments—so you can restore just what you need rather than the entire backup set. And be sure to test the restore function before you assume you’re protected.

Protect Your Virtual Data

Symantec Backup Exec automatically recognizes and performs backups on new virtual machines as they come online.
Symantec has the tools you need to experience the benefits of virtualization without sacrificing data protection. Symantec Backup Exec with embedded V-Ray technology is a powerful, comprehensive solution built to protect data on both physical and virtual systems.

Millions of businesses trust their data to Symantec Backup Exec. It’s optimized to perform speedy backups for virtual environments and designed to work seamlessly with both VMware and Hyper-V virtual environments to back up data on online and offline virtual systems.

What’s more, it automatically recognizes and performs backups on new virtual machines as soon as they come online. That way, virtual data backups are integrated into the overall backup schedule, ensuring that all of their data is protected and can be recovered as needed.

You can take advantage of auto-inclusion of virtual machines to seamlessly and automatically back up new guest machines in seconds. This feature ensures that you always have the most recent data backed up and available to restore in the event of a data disaster.

While you want to make sure all of your data is backed up, you also want to avoid redundancy. You have enough unique data to manage without backing up the same files across different systems. The integrated “deduplication” feature of Backup Exec weeds out redundant data across virtual and physical systems to streamline your backup process, conserving storage space and storage cost.

When the time comes to restore your data, Backup Exec gives you the tools you need to recover just the files you want and get back to business as soon as possible. If an entire server crashes, you can restore the whole thing. Often you just need to recover a crucial file or email message; Backup Exec gives you the ability to find and restore data and applications at a granular level in minutes.

Go ahead and take advantage of what virtualization has to offer. Get Symantec Backup Exec to ensure that your virtual systems have a backup solution designed to optimize your VMware and Hyper-V systems. It’s a decision you won’t regret.

This story, "Three Steps to Protect Your Virtual Systems" was originally published by BrandPost.

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