Using a virtual server offers a number of benefits that simply aren’t seen with a traditional server configuration. Some of those benefits can include increased flexibility, cost savings, and more. To be sure, it is a wise idea to at least look into the possibility of using a virtualized server to improve your operations.
However, there are always downsides to consider in any change that you make to the way your data is stored and served. The list below contains five points that need to be taken into consideration before you go in the virtual server direction.
#1 – Application Protection
One common mistake that is made when virtual servers are used is the failure to give your critical applications the same level of protection that you afforded them previous to the switch. You will want to be able to recover your most important applications just as quickly and easily as you could before making the virtualization move.
#2 – Expanded Backup Times
Backups remain just as important now as they ever have been, yet they might become more difficult to execute in a timely manner when the majority of your data is housed on only a few physical servers.
#3 – Frequency of Restoration Points
It is important to have the ability to restore your lost data back within just a few hours (at the most), rather than having to go back an entire day or more. Make sure that your virtual servers are being properly backup up with high frequency in order to avoid a loss of critical data that could set your business back significantly.
#4 – Detail of Restoration
Some organizations have made the mistake of reducing the detailed data that is recovered when there is a failure in the system. This means that some of the most important information – such as data in a specific file or e-mail message – may be lost forever. Don’t fall into this trap – make sure the granular data that you need will be present after a restore.
#5 – Losing Track of Virtual Machines
As one VM after another is created, it is easy to lose track of some of them over time. Without proper backups of all of your virtual machines, data may be lost at some point when there is a system failure. Policies that are in place for data protection need to be applied equally to all virtual machines that have been created.