If your IT department has recently switched your company over to a virtualization solution for your servers, it might be time to re-visit your choice of emergency data recovery service providers, too. You want to make sure that your data recovery service is well-versed in all forms of VMware and can recover your virtualized data as well as any data from a hard drive, RAID array or other storage medium.
Here are some tips when it comes to choosing a new data recovery service for your virtualized server farm.
1 - Find a data recovery service that specializes in the virtual system your company relies on. Virtual machines are very different, although they all have some similarities in their operation and features. Most of the storage APIs are brand-specific, and the process to recover data is different for each.
It's important to find a data recovery firm that has experience working with your particular brand of virtual machine, whether that's a system from VMware, Citrix, Parallels, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, or another virtual system.
2 - Find a company that offers fair and honest pricing, along with quick estimates. - Virtual machine recovery isn't necessarily cheap, but when all your company's mission critical apps and data are stored on one server, a complete recovery is important. It's okay to pay for the good service and complete recovery you'll receive, but you want to know what you're getting into. 24 Hour Data offers an honest price quote within 24 hours, and, if you decide not to use our data recovery service, we'll ship the drive back to you.
3 - Use a data recovery service with unmatched data recovery rates for virtual servers. - Virtual machines are very different from traditional servers and RAID arrays. In many cases, companies switching to VMware may use virtualization processes over their existing IT infrastructure, but traditional recovery processes fall short with the higher utilization ratio of resources in a virtual machine.
Virtual machine recovery requires the recovery of not just mission critical data, but all the applications residing on the virtual server, as well.
A data recovery service that is trained and experienced in data recovery processes required for VMware, as well as virtual machines from Citrix, Sun and Microsoft, will have better data recovery rates.
And when everything -- we mean everything -- is residing on your virtual server (including the future of your business) you need a data recovery firm that is tops in the field of virtual data recovery.