The recent VMWare Data Protection Report 2010 found CIOs are currently unprepared to properly backup and restore data on virtual servers. The survey, which polled more than 500 CIOs, found organizations only backup 68 percent of data stored on virtual servers. Furthermore, 44 percent of respondents avoid storing mission-critical information in virtual environments.
According to the study, shortcoming in virtualization technology are not responsible for these disappointing statistics. Instead, CIOs have been trying to use methods that apply to physical storage to backup and restore virtual environments. This has created an inefficient, expensive and tedious security environment in businesses.
Overall, 51 percent of respondents said it was too expensive to use physical backup and restoration tools in virtual environments. Another 40 percent said physical recovery methods are too slow. Most IT departments are finding the recovery process to be inefficient when using physical tools, and 6 percent of respondents go as far as recovering the entire virtual server to recover one file to simplify the process.
As a result of these difficulties, companies are turning to new methods to secure virtual servers in an attempt to make the technology more efficient and applicable in the enterprise. Many CIOs are seeing the benefits of updating their security technology, with 59 percent of respondents planning to explore new, virtualization-specific methods of server security.