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What Is VMware Data Recovery and What Does It Mean for Your Business?

In the business world, data is everything. Organizations that invest in efficient data collection, analysis, and storage, have a competitive edge in the market. This is why leading brands are now turning to virtual storage systems.

However, while these solutions are highly reliable, they're also susceptible to data loss due to natural disasters, cyber-attacks, and other incidents. And when that data is lost, it can be difficult to get back on track.

That's why VMware Data Recovery is so important. This comprehensive solution can help you protect your virtual storage devices and quickly recover lost data in the event of an emergency.

But what is VMware Data Recovery, and what does it mean for your business?

In this article, you will find answers to these questions and more. It'll also highlight some of the key features of VMware Data Recovery and explain how Veritas can help you implement it in your organization.

Understanding Virtual Storage

Before going into the details of VMware data recovery, it's important that you first understand what virtual storage is and how it works.

Virtual storage systems use a combination of software, hardware, and networking technologies to store data on an online platform. This allows you to access your information from any device or location—making it an ideal solution for organizations that manage multiple data sources.

At the core of a virtual machine is a virtual hard disk drive. A virtual hard drive imitates a physical hard drive residing on your server's actual hard drive(s). In simpler terms, it's a hard drive within another hard drive, like a multi-layered information storage dish.

Since the virtual hard drive does not have physical components, it only mirrors the data on a physical hard drive. The virtual hard disk will exist in the physical one as the other files you store. But it will also contain the parent hard drive's file system blueprints and metadata. If you have the right tools, you can use it like a normal hard disk.

In essence, with a virtual hard drive, you'll have a hard drive inside another hard drive. You get double the storage, but only one physical disk is required.

However, the virtual hard disk will have its operating system and a hypervisor. The latter is responsible for translating the requests from the physical hard drive to the virtual environment, allowing you to access multiple applications and files without purchasing additional hardware.

Benefits of Virtual Storage

Compared to other forms of storage, virtual storage offers benefits such as:

  • Faster data migration- Virtual storage systems allow you to transfer data quickly without moving the files physically.
  • Improved scalability- Virtual storage makes adding or removing resources as needed easy.
  • Reduced overhead costs- Virtual storage systems don't require additional hardware, so they're a cost-effective solution for businesses.
  • Easier data management- All data is stored and managed in a single platform, making it simpler to find information when needed.
  • Predictable costs- With virtual storage, you know how much you'll be paying for the solution upfront.
  • Better access to data- Virtual storage systems allow fast, secure access to data from anywhere in the world.
  • Minimal network disruption- Data flow is kept consistent, eliminating potential network interruptions.

What Is VMware Data Recovery?

VMware Data Recovery is a system that helps organizations protect and recover data from their virtual storage devices. This solution ensures that your information is backed up and secure, even if a disaster or cyber-attack occurs.

Why Is Data Recovery Important?

Data recovery is important for businesses because it helps reduce the risks of data loss. Organizations can find themselves vulnerable without a proper backup and recovery system, especially when dealing with sensitive customer information.

Fortunately, VMware Data Recovery provides a comprehensive virtual storage protection and recovery solution. It's an easy-to-use system that helps you keep your data secure and easily accessible, no matter the situation.

Statistics on Data Loss

One of the biggest challenges of data security is that organizations do not understand the extent of the risk they face and the likelihood of occurrence. Here are some data loss statistics on data loss to give you some perspective:

  • Downtime costs businesses an average of $1,467 per minute, which translates to $88,000 each hour
  • Among the companies that experience data loss, 94% do not recover
  • Close to three-quarters of businesses that experience data loss close within two years of the incident
  • Hard drive crashes cause close to 70% of all data loss
  • Human error accounts for 14% of data loss
  • It costs an average of $100 to $ 2,000 to recover data from a broken hard drive

Effects of Data Loss

At this stage, you can see that no business is exempt regarding data breaches and loss. Events from recent years suggest that, at some point, your business will be a target or a victim of an incident that may cause data loss.

While you're competing with other brands for market supremacy, investing in VMware data recovery may not seem like a top priority. However, that's a stance that you should reconsider, as data loss can result in the following:

  • Lost customers and revenue- Data loss can negatively impact customer loyalty. Not only that, but it may also result in lost sales opportunities.
  • Legal penalties- Depending on the type of data you have stored, you could face hefty fines due to non-compliance with regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA, CPRA, PCI and more. A good data recovery solution can help you avoid such penalties.
  • Loss of reputation- Data loss will damage your brand's credibility and trustworthiness, which are essential elements of modern commerce.

Common Causes of Data Loss on Virtual Storage Devices

As mentioned, despite virtual storage systems' security, they are still vulnerable to data loss. Some of the most common causes of data loss on virtual storage devices include:

Physical Failure

Virtual machines are, unfortunately, dependent on the host machine. Therefore, if the physical hardware hosting the virtual machine fails, it can result in data loss.

This may happen due to damage to portions or the entire hard drive. It can also be caused by firmware corruption or other malfunctions.

Logical Failure

As you know, virtual machines have no physical components. However, since they're linked to a physical host, their health is also tied to it. This makes them susceptible to logical failures. These occur when the host machine experiences a malfunction that can lead to data loss.

Logical failures can be caused by viruses, malware, and other malicious software that corrupts virtual machines. It can also be caused by an administrator deleting vital files or performing improper shutdowns, which lead to data loss.

Purple Screen of Death

This is a common issue experienced by virtual machines running on VMware ESXi. It's caused when the ESXi hypervisor experiences a malfunction and results in data loss.

Numerous factors varying in intensity can cause PSOD. This includes hardware failure, incompatible drivers, and software-related problems. In most cases rebooting the ESXi host should fix the issue, but data loss may still occur.

Natural Disasters

Natural disasters rank high among the biggest threats to data. Earthquakes, floods, and fires can all be catastrophic to businesses. This is why an efficient VMware data recovery system is so important beforehand.

What Can VMware Data Recovery Do?

Data loss is a major problem for virtual storage devices. Fortunately, VMware data recovery provides a comprehensive solution that offers complete protection from data loss.

VMware Data Recovery (VDR) helps organizations protect their data by providing a backup solution that's easy to deploy and manage. It allows you to quickly create full or incremental backups of virtual machines in just a few simple clicks.

VDR also helps minimize downtime associated with data loss by allowing for quick recovery of lost data. This is done using its restore function, which helps you recover files from the most recent backup.

VMware Data Recovery Features?

VMware Data Recovery is designed to help businesses protect their data and recover it as quickly and efficiently as possible in the event of an unforeseen incident.

VMware Data Recovery provides a comprehensive solution for virtual storage protection and recovery. It includes features such as:

  • Automatic backups- Daily and/or weekly backups are scheduled to ensure your data is protected and easily recovered.
  • Data restoration- In the event of data loss, VMware Data Recovery can help restore information from the backup copies.
  • Secure storage- All data is stored in an offsite location, so it's protected even if the primary system fails.
  • Data encryption- All data is encrypted to protect it from unauthorized access.

VMware Data Recovery Recommendations

When it comes to VMware data recovery, there are a few key recommendations you should keep in mind. These include:

  • Ensure that regular backups are made and stored offsite with the help of an efficient cloud storage solution. This allows you to recover stolen or lost data quickly.
  • Invest in a reliable and secure backup solution to protect your data from malicious intent or natural disasters.
  • Use the built-in VMware Data Recovery features as they provide a comprehensive solution for virtual storage protection and recovery.
  • Test your backups regularly to make sure that everything is working as expected.
  • Ensure that all backups are securely encrypted to protect them from unauthorized access.

How Veritas Can Help

Veritas offers a comprehensive VMware data recovery solution that makes it easy to protect, manage and restore your virtual environment. We provide best-in-class software solutions for virtualization, protection, backup, recovery, and management of your data.

Here's what you can expect from Veritas VMware Data Recovery:

Agentless Backup

As the name implies, Agentless Backup does not rely on agents to back up and restore data. This helps simplify the process and gets you up and running quickly.

Agentless backup is ideal for virtual environments as it eliminates the need to install, manage and monitor agents. Some of the benefits you'll enjoy with agentless backup include:

  • Cost-efficient- Agentless backup helps lower costs by eliminating the need for additional software licenses.
  • Faster backups- Agentless backup is faster than traditional backup solutions as it eliminates the need to install and manage agents.
  • Secure backups- All data is securely encrypted using military-grade encryption standards, so you don't have to worry about unauthorized access.
  • Application flexibility- You can back up and restore applications with ease.
  • Increased control- You can control the backups from the cloud and configure them to meet your specific requirements.

Backup Verification

With Veritas VMware Data Recovery, you can easily verify your backups and ensure they are running as expected. This helps give you peace of mind knowing that your data is safe and secure.

Our Backup Verification feature allows you to:

  • Verify the integrity of your backup images
  • Monitor the status of backups in real-time
  • Check the status of your backups and alert you if there are any issues
  • Perform integrity checks on all backup images
  • Identify potential problems and take corrective action.

Centralized Control

Veritas Alta™ also offers centralized control. This feature allows you to manage and monitor your backups from a single location, giving you greater visibility and control over the whole process.

Our centralized control feature helps:

  • Automate the backup process to simplify management
  • Centralize the backup configuration so you don't have to update each backup individually
  • Monitor the status of backups in real time and alert you if there are any issues
  • Ensure that all data is securely stored and encrypted according to industry standards

Cross-Platform Migration

As your needs evolve, you may need to migrate to another virtual hard drive. Veritas VMware Data Recovery makes migrating data between different virtual platforms easy. This helps to reduce the time and effort required for data migration while ensuring that all data is securely transferred.

With our Cross-Platform Migration feature, you can:

  • Transfer data from one virtual platform to another with ease
  • Monitor the status of the migration in real-time
  • Ensure that all data is securely transferred and encrypted according to industry standards

Changed Block Tracking

With Veritas VMware Data Recovery, you can use our Changed Block Tracking technology. This feature helps to reduce the size of your backups and make them more efficient by only backing up data that has changed since the last backup.

Our Changed Block Tracking feature allows you to:

  • Track changes in real time so you always have an up-to-date backup
  • Reduce the size of your backups, making them more efficient and faster to complete
  • Monitor the status of changed block tracking and alert you if there are any issues

Deduplication and Compression

Veritas VMware Data Recovery also supports deduplication and compression. This feature helps to reduce the size of your backup images by removing duplicate data, so you don't have to back up the same data multiple times.

Our Deduplication and Compression feature helps:

  • Save storage space by removing redundant data from your backups
  • Speed up the backup and restore process so you can get back to work faster
  • Monitor the status of deduplication and compression and alert you if there are any issues

Our VMware Data Recovery Process

At Veritas, our mission is to provide comprehensive virtual storage protection and recovery solutions. We understand that data loss can have serious implications for any business. That's why we offer comprehensive solutions for virtual storage protection and recovery with our advanced tools and products.

Our VMware Data Recovery process is simple, making it easy to recover lost or stolen data quickly. It's as follows:

  • Assess the environment- Our team of data recovery experts will assess your environment to determine the best course of action.
  • Perform backup- We will perform a complete backup of all data, ensuring that it is secure and protected.
  • Generate a list of recommended actions- Our team will generate a list of recommended actions based on the assessment and backup.
  • Restore the data- Once the recovery process is complete, we will help restore the data to its original state.

So, get in touch with us today for more information on our solutions and to learn how we can help you prepare a comprehensive strategy.


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Frequently Asked Questions

VMware data recovery is a process of restoring lost or corrupted virtual machine data from ESXi and vSphere environments. Data can be recovered due to hardware failure, user error, software errors, or other issues.

Yes, data recovery is an essential part of any business or organization. Data loss can cause significant financial losses, operational disruptions, reputation damage, and customer dissatisfaction.

VMware data recovery provides a comprehensive solution for restoring lost or corrupted data from virtual storage devices. It can also help prevent future data loss by providing reliable backup and recovery solutions.

Veritas can provide a comprehensive solution for recovering lost or corrupted data from virtual storage devices. Our team of experts is highly trained in the latest technology and trends and can provide 24/7 customer support and technical help. We also provide continuous learning and knowledge-sharing programs to keep our team up-to-date on the latest developments.