Consolidation by means of virtualizing servers and desktops is one of several sound business IT solutions that are helping organizations to increase efficiency and lower operating costs, but both of these benefits can be endangered if the company does not have a solid backup and recovery strategy in place.
One the most important features a backup and recovery system must have is that it can be installed in a virtual manner itself. Some products that tout themselves as ‘100% virtual’, actually require installation onto a physical server rather than a virtual one. This makes little sense for organizations that want to become 100% virtualized in order to capture all the advantages present in such a system. Best practices for backup and recovery of a virtualized environment include using a backup and recovery tool that truly is 100% virtualized itself. Ideally, the tool should be deployable as a virtual appliance rather than inside of a Windows server whether physical or virtual.
Virtual Appliance Backup and Recovery Saves Money
There are two cost advantages to this approach. The first major benefit is that it frees businesses from the need to purchase a physical server. The second is that by relying on a virtual appliance, the business will not need to purchase an addition license for their Windows Server OS.
VMware's vSphere application can be used to deploy a new backup server as a virtual appliance. This requires your IT staff to make use of the option ‘Deploy OVF Template’.