According to leading research firm IDC, business data continues to grow between 40 and 50% year on year, so that organizational data repositories double in size roughly every 20 months. At the same time, in order to manage the complexity of their infrastructures, many companies are relying on an increasing number of virtual machines, using them to run business-critical applications, such as Microsoft Exchange/SharePoint/SQL Server or central Oracle databases.
Imagine if you were responsible for this environment – and that your worst nightmare has come true: one or more of the VMs in your complicated set-up has failed and there’s no access to these crucial applications. Every minute of downtime translates into many dollars of lost revenue for your business, as transactions aren’t completed and employees can’t access their data. Not only do you have to get everything back up and running as soon as possible, but you have to restore it to where it was immediately before the failure occurred, including the data in the memory and any pending transactions.
The fact is, this is only a nightmare if you aren’t using a Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c with integrated Commvault software to run your backup processes. This appliance supports backup and recovery in physical and virtual environments for a wide range of applications and, as you can see from the video, features application-aware backup. This is crucial for backups of VMs that run applications or databases, as portions of their data are held in memory – so some transactions may be underway when a backup is made.
The application-aware backup takes place in two stages. First either as a streaming or snapshot VSA backup (Virtual Server Agent) of any given VM. This triggers the second step – the actual application backup. This is handled by Commvault’s IntelliSnap feature which creates a current state snapshot of the application. This is easy to set up in the user-friendly GUI, where administrators can also specify the granular backup option – to enable the restoration of even individual files of VMs.
Fujitsu Storage ETERNUS CS200c with Commvault software guarantees application-consistent backup to protect your business-critical data. Discover how to configure your application-aware backup from the video: ‘Application crashed and data gone? Use ETERNUS CS200c Powered by Commvault for backup!’