As I mentioned in post about what’s new in vSphere 6.0, VMware announced that vSphere Data Protection Advanced will be included in Essentials+ or higher vSphere license! The features of VDPA are as follows:
- Scale up to 8Tb of deduplication (variable-length and global per appliance) storage as well as 400 VMs per VDP appliance.
Support for up to 20 virtual appliances per VMware vCenter Server.
- Support guest-level backups of Microsoft SQL Servers (Clusters).
- Support guest-level backups of Microsoft Exchange Servers (DAG) or Sharepoint.
- Shorten backup windows by deploying up to eight proxies and performing up to 24 simultaneous backups without impacting network, CPU and memory usage.
VSS support – enables consistent backups of virtual machines running VSS aware applications.
EMC Data Domain (DD Boost) systems integration– increase scalability backing up to Data Domain using vSphere Data Protection Advanced as the front-end.
Multiple replication topologies – replicate in 1 to 1, 1 to many (fan-out) and many to 1 (fan-in) configurations.
Multiple replication targets – Integration with EMC backup solutions offer choice for replication targets such as: EMC Data Domain or EMC Avamar.
Of course, vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDPA) is a good product for SMB customers and in my opinion, enough for almost cases. I have some customers with VDP 5.8 installed and receive a really good feedbacks from them.
Do you use VDP or VDPA? Do you have positive or negative experience with VDP 5.5 or 5.8?