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What is virtualisation?

Virtualisation is a method of running different software and hardware applications under a host system, allowing one physical computer to share multiple systems. Over the years, Virtualisation software has enabled organisations to consolidate operating systems and increase productivity for computer hardware, offering significant benefits and cost savings to a rapidly growing list of users.

Despite advances in server hardware and storage, data loss is prevalent with any of these types of systems, and often more destructive as multiple virtualised systems are affected by the loss of a single physical server or storage device.

Unfortunately, many organisations today do not have adequate disaster recovery (DR) protection for their applications. In most cases, it is perceived as too expensive or complex.

Some of the most common causes of virtualised data loss include:
• File system corruption
• Deleted virtual machines
• Internal virtual disk corruption
• RAID and other storage/server hardware failures
• Deleted or corrupt files contained within virtualised storage systems

Unlike traditional storage systems, Virtualisation brings an extra layer of complexity to a host system when data loss occurs within a virtual machine, which is why it is critical to select a data recovery provider which is experienced in VMWare recovery or other virtualised systems.

Data Recovery Specialists can perform VMware data recovery as well as successfully recover data from nearly any virtual machine, server or system; including:
• Virtual servers: VMware Server, VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V
• Virtual file systems: VMFS, NTFS, FAT, EXT3, MAC, etc.
• Virtual infrastructure: VMware Infrastructure 2 and 3, VMware vSphere 4, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Microsoft Hyper-V
• Virtual workstations: VMware Workstation (all versions), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure