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Losing My Religion: Virtualization Backup Dogma, Faith, and Fact
“Losing my religion” is an expression from the southern region of the United States that means being perplexed to the point of being unable to think what to do. Despite the tremendous advantages that virtualization brings to IT professionals, many find themselves at their wits’ end with respect to protecting ever more prevalent virtualized environments. The cacophony of competing vendor claims as well as the claims of their paid consultants only increases the confusion and attendant frustration in those simply seeking to an optimal solution for protecting their unique IT infrastructure.
There is a war of words going on right now between data protection vendors who offer data protection within the virtual machine versus those who offer data protection at the hypervisor level. These vendors illustrate specific use cases that offer advantages to their methods while ignoring those uses cases in which they have a disadvantage. The best example is a vendor who had a well-respected consultant write a paper that he entitled.