Russian enterprises are now showing more faith in Virtual Backups these days than ever. Over the past few years, as virtualization has led to major changes in the way data and servers are handled, the use of virtual machines has also pepped up.
Although, Russia might not be among the countries most advanced in virtualization, it is slowly learning to adopt this technology to full strength, due to a string of benefits. Virtualization helps manage resources more flexible, and provides more options for setting up failure-resistant solutions.
However, there are still systems in the market for which physical servers without hypervisors are more appropriate.
According to a survey taken up by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 81% of Russian Companies still use physical servers, 55% use server virtualization and 43% use a virtualized SAN environment.
Dixi, one of the Russia’s largest retail chains, says that 80% of their IT server infrastructure is virtualized. It only uses a small portion of physical servers for applications which require dedicated capacities and servers using functions that cannot be executed in virtual environments. This company uses Microsoft systems for virtualization, including a virtual server backup.
Kaspersky, a software security company also uses Microsoft DPM and Veeam for virtual server backup. However, it is expecting more control options such as role based access control for its future needs.
As per B2B International survey, Russian companies normally choose virtual server backup systems at hypervisor application programming interface (API) level, as opposed to those using agents installed in virtual machines. They term this practice as a more efficient, convenient and cheaper option.
The survey also recognized VMware as a leader in Russia’s virtualization market due to its wider product line for backup than those of its competitors. Its vSphere API for data protection is most popular as it offers the flexibility of consistent creation of VMs and transfer of VM data files directly to backup servers.
Companies which want to consolidate all their server, storage, and backup systems into one easy to manage appliance enriched with ease of control are going for products such as StoneFly DR365 which allow users to directly control their backup needs.
Coming to cloud systems for virtual server backup, progress in Russia is slow, compared with other countries. Though, cloud technology used for backup is growing like a wild fire in other regions of the world, Russian market for this segment is still cold. Lack of knowledge on this technology, its benefits and the payback for investment it offers is hindering the growth.
They survey taken up by B2B international and commissioned by Kaspersky also mentioned that not all Russian Companies use virtual server backup. Russia’s largest internet provider, Yandex, is one company that doesn’t require a virtual server for backup. This is because most of the data generated on its platform doesn’t have the need to be stored for long time.