Reduce the time and complexity of backing up virtual machines, without adding significant expense.
The Salvation Army’s VMs host antivirus, voice over IP (VoIP), web server, instant messaging, and desktop management applications. Before 2014, Lam relied on command scripts to manage the organization’s VMs. The scripts were free, but this approach required Lam to enter commands without the aid of a graphical interface, then monitor multiple backups.
The Salvation Army has 45 VMs holding up to 1.5 TB of data spread over five physical servers (though the Salvation Army had four servers before it began using VM Explorer). This meant Lam previously had to manage four different hosts, and any change to the backup process had to be repeated four times.
To avoid this process affecting file sharing performance of the Salvation Army’s single network-attached storage (NAS) device, Lam also had to stagger the backups of the four hosts. This involved calculating how long it would take to backup each host, then entering separate commands to schedule backups for each physical server