Virtualizing Business Critical Applications: Data Protection

A major aspect of virtualizing any business critical application is data protection which encompasses not only backup, but disaster recovery, and business continuity. It is imperative that our data be protected. While this is true of all workloads, it becomes a bigger concern when virtualizing business critical applications. Not only do we need backups, but we need to protect the business, which is where business continuity comes into play.

But when we look at data protection within a virtual environment we often look at how the data is backed up at the virtual machine level. Or perhaps at just the virtual disk level. For business critical applications we need to look at the application we are protecting, not just the virtual disk. Why is this important?

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Author: Edward Haletky, The Virtualization Practice

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