Category: Virtualization

Distinguishing Features of Large, Midsize, and Small Enterprise VMware vSphere Backup Solutions

Recent DCIG research revealed the characteristics that distinguish large, midsize and small VMware vSphere backup solutions from one another. VMware offers APIs that backup software may use to integrate with vCenter to centralize and administer data protection. These integrations with and leveraging of the VMware APIs influence which types of enterprise environments these backup solutions best fit.

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Three New Evaluation Criteria for VMware vSphere Backup Software

In the last 20 years, VMware vSphere has expanded from a nascent technology to a staple of data centers worldwide. Right alongside it, backup software that protects applications and data hosted on vSphere virtual machines (VMs) has experienced similar growth. Now as vSphere backup software enters its third decade of existence, new criteria exist for evaluating and selecting these solutions.

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Kubernetes the Centerpiece of VMware’s Vision

Everyone attending VMworld last week no doubt saw the slogan “Make Your Mark” predominantly displayed everywhere. Whether it was in the Moscone Center, the San Francisco airport or the highways and byways leading to downtown San Francisco, VMware sought to make an impression on attendees. Having now left VMworld 2019, perhaps the most indelible mark that VMware left on me and other attendees was its intentions to make Kubernetes a center piece in its future offerings.

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Differentiating between High-end HCI and Standard HCI Architectures

When organizations deploy HCI at scale (more than eight nodes in a single logical configuration), cracks in its architecture can begin to appear unless organizations carefully examine how well it scales. On the surface, high end and standard hyper-converged architectures deliver the same bene­fits. They each virtualize compute, memory, storage networking, and data stor­age in a simple to deploy and manage scale-out architecture. They support standard hypervisor platforms. They provide their own data protection solutions in the form of snap­shots and replication. In short, these two archi­tectures mirror each other in many ways. However, high-end and standard HCI solutions differ in functionality in ways that primarily surface in large virtualized deployments.

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HYCU Branches Out to Tackle ESX Backups in non-Nutanix Shops

A virtualization focused backup software play may be perceived as “too little, too late” with so many players in today’s backup space. However, many former virtualization centric backup software plays (PHD Virtual and vRanger come to mind) have largely disappeared while others got pricier and/or no longer do just VM backups. These changes have once again created a need for a virtualization centric backup software solution. This plays right into the hands of the newly created HYCU as it formally tackles the job of ESX virtual machine (VM) backups in non-Nutanix shops.

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Comtrade Software goes beyond AHV, Adds ESX Support

Every vendor new to a market generally starts by introducing a product that satisfies a niche to gain a foothold in that market. Comtrade Software exemplified this premise by earlier this year coming to market with its HYCU software that targets the protection of VMs hosted on the Nutanix AHV hypervisor. But to grow in a market, especially in the hyper-competitive virtual machine (VM) data protection space, one must expand to protect all market-leading hypervisors. Comtrade Software’s most recent HYCU release achieves that goal with its new support for VMware ESX.

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