Businesses are calling for a more modern approach in protecting and managing virtual server environments, according to data management company, CommVault.
Results of its annual virtualisation survey, which polled 388 of its worldwide customers, showed that companies are re-evaluating data protection schemes to accommodate virtual server growth.
43 per cent of respondents said they had already re-evaluated their data protection plans as a result of their server virtualisation initiatives and another 34 per cent intended on carrying out a re-evaluation.
In comparison, 92 per cent of A/NZ respondents had already or were planning to re-evaluate data protection strategies. According to the company, the reason behind organisations re-evaluating their protection strategies is the inability for legacy platforms to keep up with the scale, scope and performance needs of the virtualised datacentre.
The top three factors driving the adoption of server virtualisation among the respondents were the need to improve cost savings through operational efficiency, reduction of capital expenditures related to hardware purchases or licensing acquisition costs and better ease of management.
Twenty-seven per cent said improving backup and recovery process is a key initiative for 2012; 18 per cent aim to utilise virtual machine replication for disaster recovery; and another 10 per cent plan to advance overall operational processes in managing virtual environments.
CommVault senior vice-president of marketing and business development, David West, said, "There is no question that the adoption of server virtualisation technology continues to accelerate as more enterprise organisations consolidate their business-critical applications on VMs."
The survey results showed that 46 per cent of the respondents are running between 50 and 250 virtual machines. But there has been a rise of respondents with large-scale VM deployments from last year – a growth from nine per cent to 15 per cent.
Despite the growth in the scale and scope of VM deployments, only 35 per cent of respondents said they are backing up all of their virtual servers. Only 22 per cent of A/NZ respondents are backing up all of their virtual server environments as standard practice.
It also showed a need for improved disaster recovery. 43 per cent of respondents rely only on backup copies as their disaster recovery plan, 20 per cent rely on hardware replication and 14 per cent rely on software-based replication. 16 per cent of respondents said the yhad no disaster recovery plan for their virtual environments.
In relation to A/NZ, 57 per cent of respondents rely on back-up copies for disaster recovery, with 10 per cent relying on software replication, 8 per cent relying on hardware replication and 25 per cent having no disaster recovery plans.
Gartner research vice-president, Dave Russell, said, "Enterprises need a backup strategy that enables them to reliably meet shorter backup windows and recovery point objectives, while taking into account broad platform support to allow for flexibility, regardless of the hypervisor platform they choose."