Backing up your virtual machines (VMs) may seem like a simple process, but there’s a lot more to it than
meets the eye. Backing up physical servers is fairly straightforward: you just install an agent on a server
and add it to the backup schedule. However, to efficiently backup VMs, you need to use techniques
and features designed specifically for virtual environments. If you treat VMs like physical servers when
you backup and restore them, you waste resources and make backup windows longer than they need
to be. Virtualization is a game changer in the data center, and, once implemented, you need to change
your procedures and methods to leverage its strengths and unique architecture.