A few days ago there was a good article by George Crump in Information Week about the gap between traditional backup and recovery solutions and virtualized backup solutions. Crump says that while virtualized backup solutions have some features that are very attractive, especially for virtual server backup, overall they lack some of the high-end features that traditional backup solutions offer.
On the other hand, Crump says that the traditional solutions don’t have some of the attractive features that the virtual solutions offer. He calls this the “Virtualized Backup Gap.” It’s a gap that all of us here at R1Soft seek to close.Truth be told, the virtualized backup gap, much like the old US-USSR “missile gap,” is more perception than reality.
The fact is most virtualized backup solutions have more than enough features to satisfy 99% of the market. The traditional backup solutions that are optimized for big single-use boxes and the old tape infrastructure are quickly becoming dinosaurs. The cloud, virtualization, and new models of backup are making them obsolete.