The VMware replication PHD Virtual makes possible with its software can streamline the process of backing up your data. Replication is one of the most efficient ways to back up data and also provides very fast data recovery times when data needs to be restored to a server that went down for some reason. There are two basic options with the VMware replication PHD Virtual provides in its software.
Simple replication means taking a snapshot of a virtual server and making a mirror image of it. This can be done very quickly and the process doesn't slow down your network in most cases. This is a very speedy way to back up data but, unless you overwrite the data, you'll be creating a complete image of each file repeatedly.
Advanced replication is a bit more sophisticated. The advanced VMware replication PHD Virtual utilizes allows you to change a file at what is commonly called the "block level". Essentially, this means that your backups only contain data that has changed since the last time you uploaded a complete image. For example, if you uploaded the contents of an entire server at 1:00 PM, changed one file at 1:30 PM and performed another backup, only that changed file would be backed up the second time. Since the other data hadn't changed, the original copy in the backup file provides an accurate representation of what is on the server at present.
VMware replication is one of the most relied upon strategies for virtualized server environments. It's incredibly efficient and, because of that, it makes it easy to store information at locations other than the one where the server actually exists. The idea behind this strategy is obvious. If the data is stored at a separate location, it can be accessed even if the server location is completely destroyed.
If you're interested in employing VMware replication in your backup routines, many different software packages out there can do this for you. What PHD offers is a product that includes replication and other advanced strategies that are all used together to provide you with a complete backup solution. If you're not getting what you need out of your present backup solution, it may be time for a change.
Remember that, as your business grows, you're likely going to have to change backup strategies. Your backup strategy at present might have been a good one for your business two years ago, but today's needs might be different and more sophisticated.