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VMware Announces VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced

VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP) is a backup and recovery solution that was introduced with vSphere 5.1. VDP leverages mature, proven technology from EMC Avamar to provide reliable, space-efficient, disk-based data protection for VMware virtual machines (VMs). VDP is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server and the vSphere Web Client. One of the real beauties of VDP is its ease of deployment and management which explains why thousands of VMware customers have already downloaded VDP since it was introduced just a few short months ago. Today, VMware announced VDP Advanced which further extends the capabilities of VDP. Here are the highlights of the new functionality found in VDP Advanced:

  • Higher scalability (up to 8TB of de-duplicated backup data)
  • Application-aware backup and recovery of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange
  • Dynamically increase capacity
  • Migration from VDP to VDP Advanced

Let’s dig into these in more detail…

As many of you already know, VDP (included with vSphere Essentials Plus and higher) scales up to 2TB of de-duplicated backup data. VDP Advanced extends that capability to 8TB of de-duplicated backup data. VDP Advanced also supports protecting a maximum of 400 VMs per applianced (VDP supports up to 100 VMs).

Perhaps the most notable enhancement is application-aware backup and recovery for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange. VDP Advanced provides an agent for SQL Server and Exchange that is installed in the guest operating system of a VM running either of these applications. This agent enables more granular backup and restore capabilities. For example, you can select individual databases for backup or restore. The agent also provides client-side de-duplication, application quiescing, and more advanced backup options such as log truncation, the option to choose a full or incremental backup method, and the ability utilize multiple backup streams.

VDP Advanced allows dynamic capacity growth (unlike VDP). For example, you can start with a VDP Advanced appliance that is configured with 2TB of de-duplicated backup data capacity and grow that capacity to 4TB, 6TB or 8TB when needed. It is also possible to migrate from VDP to VDP Advanced and preserve existing VDP backup data.

If you are new to VDP (or need a refresher), here are some of the features and benefits of these solutions:

VDP and VDP Advanced:

  • Fast, efficient backup and recovery for VMware virtual machines
  • Backup data disk space requirements are significantly reduced by using a patented variable-length de-duplication technology across all backup jobs
  • VMware vSphere APIs for Data Protection (VADP) and Changed Block Tracking (CBT) are utilized to reduce load on the vSphere host infrastructure and minimize backup window requirements
  • Full virtual machine (VM) restore – or “image-level” restore – and File Level Recovery (FLR) without the need for an agent to be installed in every VM
  • Deployment and configuration are simplified using a Linux-based virtual appliance form factor
  • Administration is performed utilizing the vSphere Web Client
  • Appliances and data are protected using a checkpoint and rollback mechanism
  • Windows and Linux files can easily be restored by an end-user with the web-based vSphere Data Protection Restore Client

VDP Advanced (only):

  • Scale up to 8TB of de-duplicated backup data capacity and protect up to 400 VMs per VDP Advanced appliance
  • Protect mission-critical Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server workloads with in-guest agents designed to facilitate application-consistent backups and more granular backup and restore capabilities
  • Dynamically add capacity as backup requirements grow
  • Upgrade from VDP to VDPA

More information:

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced

VMware vSphere Data Protection

23 thoughts on “VMware Announces VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced

  1. Sebastián Greco

    Hi,

    This is good news and I’m excited about them! Do you have any info regarding these subjects:
    1) Ability to select disks, no only VMs (this was possible with VDP).
    2) Ability to recover files from the admin console, not only from the client machine.
    3) Integration with Zimbra? Any roadmap for this? I mean, Zimbra has its own integrated backup solution but it would be awesome to have the same integration with Zimbra as it is going to be with Exchange.
    4) Same as above but regarding vPostgres.
    5) Possibility to decide if you want the snapshots to be “quiesced” or not?
    6) Is it going to be necessary to “workaround” backups of W2k8 servers as it is today?

    I know these are a lot of questions…sorry :) Hopefully you can answer at least some of them!!!

    Best regards and thank you!
    Sebas

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    1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

      Hi Sebas
      1. You correct. This was possible with VDR (I think that is what you meant). Not yet possible with VDP, but high on the priority list to be added.
      2. With VDP FLR Advanced login, you can restore files from other VMs.
      3. and 4. To be honest, no special integration plans I am aware of, but if there are many who like and would use this functionality, let us know.
      5. You can uninstall the VSS component of VMware Tools which would prevent quiescing, but that is currently the only method.
      6. The Win 2008 issue should be resolved in VDP Advanced. We may have to wait just a bit longer for the fix in VDP.

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      1. Sebastián Greco

        Hi Jeff,

        Thanks for your answers!!!!

        1) Great news!
        2) Great news!
        3) Is there any way to ask for functionalities? I can think of various reasons why 3&4 are important for partners, customers and VMware (improve VMware’s ecosystem, have a differentiator with other backup products, accelerate Zimbra sales, etc) and I guess all vPostgres (VMware appliances for instance) and Zimbra users are interested in a functionality like this.
        5) Ok!
        6) That’s terrific!!! :) It will make things easier!

        Best regards and thank you very much for your help! You are very kind :)
        Sebas

        Reply
  2. Gil

    Hi Jeff.

    Great article here.
    For SQL and Exchange agent based backup. “■Application-aware backup and recovery of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange”.

    Does it mean it can backup/recover clustered sql databases and exchange
    db’s?

    -Gil

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  3. Matt

    Does Advanced give you the ability to archive backups to tape or other media that can be kept for legal hold, special retention, off-site, etc.?

    Reply
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  6. jhbbycn

    我想请教:vsphere data protection restore client的本地凭据 本地主机是指哪里,是VDP主机还是一个虚拟机主机,若是一个虚拟机主机,其凭据是不是本地管理员的用户和密码,若是加入了域呢,请指教!

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    1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

      As with anything on a product roadmap, there are no guarantees on what will be delivered in future products and when they will be delivered. However, I can say that Exchange 2013 support is high on the priority list. ;)

      Reply
    1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

      1. As detailed on page 17 of the VDP Admin Guide – http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/products/vsphere/VMware-vSphere-Data-Protection-Administration-Guide.pdf – an 8TB VDP Advanced appliance will consume approximately 12TB of disk space.

      2. VDP 5.5 allows you to select individual .vmdk files for backup and restore. VDP Advanced 5.1 does not have that capability, but it is safe to assume the next version of VDP Advanced will also be able to do that once it is released.

      3. Per-CPU of all vSphere hosts where protected VMs will be running. For example, if you have 5 hosts each with 2 CPUs (sockets), you would need 10 VDP Advanced licenses to back up the VMs on those 5 hosts.

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  7. MarcelS

    When will Ability to select disks, no only VM’s be available in VDP ?
    Can you give us an estimate ?

    Thank you in advance,

    Reply
  8. Pannikin

    Hi Jeff

    I have 3 VDPs with 3 TB of each. I’ve upgraded to 5.5. It’s completed but after that I often face the crash problem. Status of core service change to “Unrecoverable” . I must rollback to recovery point and lost some backup. What’s wrong?

    Thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Jeff HunterJeff Hunter Post author

      Hi Pannikin. This forum is not designed for troubleshooting. Please open a support request (SR) with VMware Support. That way we can track this issue.
      The shortest path to resolution may be to deploy a new VDP 5.5 appliance and attach the existing backup data partition (.vmdk files) to the new appliance.

      Reply

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