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PHD Virtual #1 ranked product in InfoTechs new report on VM backup vendors

Written by Roy Mikes on Friday, 18 January 2013. Posted in General

PHD Virtual an Innovator AND #1 ranked product in InfoTechs new report on VM backup vendors. InfoTech is a global leader in providing IT research and advice. InfoTech Research Group, Inc. membership service combines actionable insight and relevant advice with ready-to-use tools and templates that cover the full spectrum of IT concerns. They are pretty good at what they do, but don't take there word for it. Outsell, in an independent review, ranked InfoTech as one of the top research firms.

With advances in server capacity (memory capacity, multi-core processing) and increases in vCPU, RAM, IOPS capacity limitations, the majority of servers can now be virtualized. In 2012, more than half of server workloads (58%) are virtualized. Point solutions designed for virtual backup introduced agentless backups that reduced impact of backup and recovery on production workloads. As more and more production apps get virtualized, virtual admins that had purchased point solutions and backup admins using traditional backup products are overlapping in responsibility.

Traditional backup solutions have found ways to conduct agentless backups with VMware largely through exposure of APIs and virtual backup solutions have begun to add support for physical servers and application awareness for app-consistent backups. This is pushing buyers to focus on specific requirements, in terms of backup media support (e.g. tape) and characteristics that ease implementation and management of virtual infrastructure.

Organizations are becoming more and more invested in virtualization. This makes it important to select a solution that best meets recovery needs for VMs. As organizations provision an increasing number of VMs, it is getting more challenging to effectively backup everything.

Point solutions for VM backup are inexpensive relative to traditional solutions that handle physical and virtual backup and are simpler to use. However, most organizations are not 100% virtualized meaning that companies often manage two solutions:  one for virtual and one for physical. This is not ideal. far from even.

More info; download the Storyboard Overview by clicking on the image. 

 

 Get to Action

  1. Narrow down a list of virtual backup vendors

    Select the solution to meet RPOs and RTOs at lowest possible cost.

     

  2. Contrast and evaluate a shortlist of vendors

    Select the right virtual backup software.

Product and Vendor Evaluation Criteria. There were several criteria that products must meet. Below shows a summary of these criteria with the quadrant list below the summary. I am not surprised that many PHD leaves other vendors behind in some categories.

  • The solution provides basic and advanced feature/functionality. 
  • The solution’s dashboard and management tools are intuitive and easy to use.
  • The three year TCO of the solution is economical.
  • The solution has flexible deployment options and supports multiple hypervisors.
  • Vendor is profitable, knowledgeable, and will be around for the long-term.
  • Vendor is committed to the space and has a future product and portfolio roadmap.
  • Vendor offers global coverage and is able to sell and provide post-sales support.
  • Vendor channel strategy is appropriate and the channels themselves are strong.

InfoTech's overall assessment of PHD Virtual: Small to mid-sized, cost conscious organizations are a good fit for PHD Virtual, but its architecture enables it to scale up into larger environments. If managing separate virtual and physical backups is not a concern, have a look at PHD Virtual. I encourage to download their product for free now and try it for yourself. http://www.phdvirtual.com/buy-try

 

 

source: InfoTech

 

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Roy Mikes

Roy Mikes

Roy Mikes has developed a deep knowledge of virtualization, storage and Cloud in a broad perspective over the past 15 years, but also streamlines his focus on VMware and EMC Technology. Because of that knowledge and focus, Roy works as a Cloud and Storage Technologist Specialist, Data Center Architect Specialist and VMware Certified Professional.

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