Solved

Bare Metal Restore or Virtualization for Disaster Recovery

Posted on 2013-06-14
9
587 Views
Last Modified: 2013-06-19
Hi,  our organization has been looking into Virtualization for Disaster Recovery purposes for quite sometime and we recently came across a few bare metal restore solutions which cost a fraction compared to Virtualization.

Can someone please give us some advice on bare metal restore technology ?
May be Pros and Cons of using it and experiences ?  Thank you!
0
Comment
Question by:COCO3515
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
9 Comments
 
LVL 22

Assisted Solution

by:Haresh Nikumbh
Haresh Nikumbh earned 100 total points
ID: 39247923
Bare metal restore and virutlization both are different concept.

Bare Metal Recovery is the process of restoring a computer system from "bare metal" by reinstalling the operating system and software applications, and then restoring the data and settings. The most common reasons for performing a bare metal recovery are because your hard drive either fails or becomes full and you want to upgrade (migrate) to a larger drive or migrate to newer hardware. Bare metal recovery is possible because during the block-level backup process.

So there are some vendors who offer bare metal recovery option

 I have worked on Zenith BDR ( backup and disaster recovery ) where they give one NAS box which has Shadow protect backup software install along with Virutalization software ( Sun Virtual box)

how it works

1) your physical server get backed up with BDR ... ( block level)
2) if anything goes worng you can create Virtual machine on the BDR ( Vbox virtualization software)
3) once VM is up and ready ..you can order or start your recovery on the new server
4) Downtime--- 15-30 mins depend on the backups chain ( creation of vm will atleast take 15 mins time)
http://www.zenithinfotech.com/en/Solutions/Backup%20and%20disaster%20recovery.aspx


Also they are providing Tigercloud solution  ( Private cloud solution) which also offer bare metal recovery from backups

In Tigetcloud they have used Hyperv as hypervisor
0
 
LVL 22

Assisted Solution

by:Haresh Nikumbh
Haresh Nikumbh earned 100 total points
ID: 39247931
If you are looking zero downtime then you can think for big solutions .

but if you can manage 10-15mins downtime then you will find many solutions in the market

Bare metal recovery is nothing but it allow you to restore your data on the different hardware
0
 
LVL 118

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 300 total points
ID: 39247965
It works very well, the following ALL Support Bare Metal Recovery for physical servers, it's not as fast as a virtual solution.

AppAssure
http://www.appassure.com/ - Number 1 Backup and VMs and Cloud

Unitrends
http://www.unitrends.com/ - a good vRecovery Backup Appliance.

Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition
http://www.symantec.com/backup-exec-vray-edition - Unmatched backup and recovery designed for virtual and physical environments

Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11 Virtual Edition
http://www.acronis.com/virtualization/ - simple but effective

StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server
http://www.storagecraft.com/  - amazing but can be expensive
0
 

Author Comment

by:COCO3515
ID: 39247997
Sorry, I forgot to mention that the bare metal restore solutions out there today
are capable of restores comparable to Virtualized environments where a complete server (O/S, Application & Data) could be restored back on a different hardware platform such as:

Symantec System Recovery 2013
Ultrabac Gold Server Ed.
Acronis Backup and Recovery 11.5

Thanks!
0
Enabling OSINT in Activity Based Intelligence

Activity based intelligence (ABI) requires access to all available sources of data. Recorded Future allows analysts to observe structured data on the open, deep, and dark web.

 
LVL 22

Assisted Solution

by:Haresh Nikumbh
Haresh Nikumbh earned 100 total points
ID: 39248021
bare metal restore means same.. restore complete server on different hardware..

no need to install OS , application ... Data
0
 
LVL 118

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 300 total points
ID: 39248025
Yes, that's correct, we use them where organizations are *NOT* using Virtual solutions for a variety of reasons.

Bare Metal recovery solutions have matured and are very good today.
0
 
LVL 30

Assisted Solution

by:pgm554
pgm554 earned 100 total points
ID: 39248261
The only gotcha on bare metal or DR I can think of ,is if you have MS OEM software ,restoring to a different hardware spec will cause it to bomb because of the software being tied to the BIOS.

M$ is the king of gotcha licensing.
0
 
LVL 22

Assisted Solution

by:Haresh Nikumbh
Haresh Nikumbh earned 100 total points
ID: 39248339
yes for OEM lic you need to reactivate before login . and MS gives 3 chance for OEM activation
0
 
LVL 30

Assisted Solution

by:pgm554
pgm554 earned 100 total points
ID: 39248462
Nope ,some of them are hard tied to the system BIOS (Dell,HP).

Upon boot up it looks for a bios code,if it does see it ,it will not activate.
0

Featured Post

Want to promote your upcoming event?

Attending an event? Speaking at a conference? Or exhibiting at a tradeshow? Easily inform your contacts by using a promotional banner in your email signature. This will ensure your organization’s most important contacts are in the know.

Join & Write a Comment

This is similar to the error described in my previous Article, but with a different source problem and a different solution. When trying to scan and stage the ESXi 6.0 updates using VMware Update Manager, we can get "error code 90"
VM backup deduplication is a method of reducing the amount of storage space needed to save VM backups. In most organizations, VMs contain many duplicate copies of data, such as VMs deployed from the same template, VMs with the same OS, or VMs that h…
How to install and configure Citrix XenApp 6.5 - Part 1. In this video tutorial we have explained step by step installation of Citrix XenApp 6.5 Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 is explained in this video. We have explained the difference between…
In this video tutorial I show you the main steps to install and configure  a VMware ESXi6.0 server. The video has my comments as text on the screen and you can pause anytime when needed. Hope this will be helpful. Verify that your hardware and BIO…

743 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now