As virtual servers become common instead of rare, more and more companies are finding that they have a new set of issues to deal with, most notably effective server backup. In market that is showing an increasing tendency toward virtualization – the president of I3 Business Solutions now says that 70 percent of the servers they sell are meant for virtualized environments, addressing significant issues that arise from the use of these servers is something that many providers are struggling with, and backup issues are at the forefront of those being tackled.
Virtualization has typically been focused on provisioning services and ensuring that companies have quick and easy access to their resources in any circumstance, but the technology is now running into a number of problems as it has matured, most notably that server backup is not as simple as was once believed. Virtual server environments are prone to a great deal of fragmentation, and this can lead to issues whenever data is backed up that can include not only slowdowns, but possibly outages or downtime, or even the unsuccessful backing up of data.
Now, companies are developing targeted applications to streamline the way that data is written to servers as well as giving hypervisors greater power over I/O usage. The aim is to directly address the problem of virtual sprawl and in turn limit the number of backup problems that servers encounter on a regular basis, and give customers greater confidence in the technology as a whole. As virtualized servers become more common even for small businesses, technology companies are responded by not only seeking active ways to limit backup issues, but develop accessible programming to allow business to manage their own data on their own terms.