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VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) was introduced with vSphere 5.1. VDP is ideally suited to protect small environments with enterprise-class backup and de-duplication technology. Each VDP virtual appliance scales up to 2TB of de-duplicated storage or 100 protected VMs and leverages EMC Avamar’s variable-length de-duplication algorithm to deliver de-duplication rates as high as 99%.

VDP is easy to use and is managed directly from the vSphere Web Client, allowing administrators to quickly setup their backup policies and manage backups. To further demonstrate this, a series of three short evaluation videos have been created. For best results, view the videos full-screen at 720p HD. The first video shows installation and configuration of the VDP appliance…

The second video demonstrates creating and editing VDP backup jobs using the vSphere Web Client…

The third and final video walks us through restoring a virtual machine and performing a file-level restore…

Hopefully, you have found these videos useful. I am very interested in feedback you have around VDP and, particularly, this video format. Was the length of these videos good? Was enough information provided to help determine whether VDP may be a good fit for your environment? What else should we include in these types of videos or should we leave certain aspects out? Thank you.

@jhuntervmware