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NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.1: Hyper-V Failover Cluster Support

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.1 is released! The new version adds support for Hyper-V Failover Cluster. This means that you can add Hyper-V failover clusters to the inventory, add failover clusters to backup and replication jobs, and also let the product track VMs that jump between cluster nodes. But before we get more into this, […]

Posted on May 30, 2017 by

How Does Forever-Incremental Backup Work on VMs?

The simplest way of backing up a VM is doing the full backup. You just need to copy an entire virtual machine to a backup repository. This simplicity has its price: making the full backup takes a long time, loads production networks, and uses a significant amount of space. One of the ways to reduce […]

Posted on May 29, 2017 by

Benefits and Technologies of LAN-free Backup

During a backup, large amounts of data are transferred through the networks and can cause a slowdown of business-critical operations. Network administrators use various approaches to minimize the impact of backups on the daily operations. Among those are scheduling backups off the business hours and traffic-reducing techniques such as data compression and forever incremental backups. […]

Posted on May 26, 2017 by

VMware Backup Best Practices

Backups are a critical part of our VMware virtual infrastructure. These days with mission-critical 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, the always-on infrastructure behind many web-facing businesses, business continuity is essential. When thinking about backing up our VMware virtual environments, what are some best practices to make sure we are getting effective, efficient, […]

Posted on May 24, 2017 by

Backup Deduplication Explained

Large virtual infrastructures generate a vast amount of backup data that leads to the increase of spending on storage infrastructure: storage appliances themselves and their maintenance. So network administrators are looking for the ways to save storage space. One of the widely-used techniques is backup deduplication. A concept of deduplication is almost as old as […]

Posted on May 22, 2017 by

What is Application-Aware VM Backup?

When it comes to backups, there is a wide range of options that must be considered such as backup type, frequency, source, destination, and many others. Back in the early days of traditional backups, most backup solutions simply captured files on disk. However, in today’s modern backup technology world, most servers are application centric. Flat […]

Posted on May 19, 2017 by

VM Backup: How VSS Makes It Consistent

One of the important parameters of a VM backup is its consistency. The consistency guarantees that the virtual machine is fully functional after it was restored from a backup, instead of having just a bunch of files. A non-consistent backup will just copy files in their last-saved state without keeping any live changes. It is […]

Posted on May 17, 2017 by

Image-based vs. File-based Backup

Image-based and file-based backup pursue different goals, and although they can be interchangeable, it is better to understand the purpose and the meaning of each of them. When it comes to backing up separate files, the first thing that comes to mind is popular backup services like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, or iCloud. People […]

Posted on May 15, 2017 by

Screenshot Verification for Hyper-V – Sneak Peek

Our goal is to bring Hyper-V feature set on par with that of the VMware. One feature that is not yet available for Hyper-V is Screenshot Verification. If you’re not familiar with this feature, it provides an automated way to near-instantly verify VM backups. After a VM backup is completed, the product can instantly recover […]

Posted on May 11, 2017 by

What is Crash-Consistent Backup?

In the world of backup technology, things have come a long way since the early days of backup software simply capturing files on disk. In the early days of backup software, backups would parse through files on the disk(s) in a server and literally run a file copy of the data that was included on […]

Posted on May 8, 2017 by