vSphere Data Protection Advanced (VDPA) - included in Essentials+ license or higher!

By | February 17, 2015

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.
  • Provide network-efficient, encrypted replication to replicate backups to one or more DR sites - vSphere Data Protection - Replication Target (VDP-RT).
  • 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?

Author: Mariusz

Architect (~ 15 years experience based on passion...) with strong background as a System Administrator and Engineer. Focused on Data Center Solutions: Virtualization/Cloud Computing and Storage/Backup Systems. Currently living in Poland.