Kroll Ontrack avows varied virtualisation systems

Kroll Ontrack now supports range of virtualised systems for data recovery

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ECM Plus – Kroll Ontrack has just confirmed it can now support virtualisation products from a range of other vendors, including Hyper-V, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Citrix XenServer, as well as VMware vSphere virtual systems.

The support will be via its in-lab and remote Ontrack Data Recovery services, the comany said.

Kroll asserted that by supporting virtual data recovery from VMware systems for several years, its Ontrack was now seeing a growing number of recoveries involving other virtualisation products, such as Hyper-V, Oracle VM VirtualBox and Citrix XenServer.

Kroll said it had seen a 66 percent rise in the number of virtualisation jobs worldwide from 2009 to 2010.

The company said that virtualisation increases the potential damage in the event of a data loss. It added that by combining virtual data recovery skills and just-in-time (JIT) Ontrack Data Recovery tool development capabilities to deploy custom solutions, Ontrack maximises data availability in instances of virtual data loss, ensuring business continuity and data integrity.

“Virtualisation is a growing trend that offers enterprises the opportunity to consolidate systems and save costs” commented Abhik Mitra of Kroll Ontrack. “But it also adds a level of complexity and exposes enterprise data to new risks. At Kroll Ontrack, we are seeing the number of data recovery requests from virtual systems grow rapidly, and we are committed to helping our clients recover their critical data by supporting an extensive range of virtual systems.”

“As virtualisation becomes more popular, the increased risk of data loss means that a data recovery strategy has become more critical” Kroll’s Mitra added. “In fact, IT managers revealed that 60 percent of virtualised servers are not covered in their current data recovery plans and 44 percent of data on virtual systems is not regularly backed up, according to the 2010 Symantec Disaster Recovery Study. With any storage environment, the key to avoiding data loss is an effective disaster recovery plan that includes frequent testing of backups and a reputable data recovery provider.“

Nearly half of the virtual data recoveries performed worldwide by Kroll Ontrack in 2010 were directly caused by human error. Ontrack Data Recovery engineers also report the most frequent reasons for data loss in virtual systems are corrupt volumes, hardware failures and accidentally deleted files.


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