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Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5
User Guide for VMware vSphere

Integration with Storage Systems

To build the data protection and disaster recovery strategy, you can use capabilities of storage systems that host VM disks. Veeam Backup & Replication integrates with storage systems and offers advanced functionality that helps you decrease impact from backup and replication operations on the production environment and significantly improve RPOs.

  • Backup from Storage Snapshots. You can use storage snapshots to create backups and replicas of VMware vSphere VMs hosted on storage systems. Backup from Storage Snapshots speeds up backup and replication operations and reduces the impact of VMware vSphere snapshot removal on the production environment.

If you use NetApp and Nimble storage systems, you can configure backup and replication jobs to use storage snapshots on primary and secondary storage arrays.

  • Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots. You can restore VM data directly from storage snapshots. Veeam Explorer for Storage Snapshots automates the process of VM data recovery and reduces recovery time in 10 times or more.
  • Snapshot jobs. If you use NetApp or Nimble storage systems, you can configure backup jobs to periodically create storage snapshots on primary and/or secondary storage arrays.
  • On-Demand Sandbox for Storage Snapshots. You can start VMs whose disks are hosted on storage systems in the On-Demand Sandbox. On-Demand Sandbox can be used for testing, training, troubleshooting and so on.

To start working with storage systems, you must properly configure the backup infrastructure. For more information, see Setting Up Backup Infrastructure for Storage Snapshots. After that, you can use storage snapshots for data protection and disaster recovery operations.

Depending on the storage system type, you can perform the following operations:

Functionality/Storage type


HPE 3PAR StoreServ

HPE StoreVirtual



Backup from Storage Snapshots

Backup from primary storage arrays

Backup from secondary storage arrays

Veeam Explorer from Storage Snapshots

Restore from primary storage arrays

Restore from secondary storage arrays

Snapshot Jobs

Snapshot-only job

Snapshot in secondary destination job

Other Operations

Storage rescan

Snapshot creation and deletion

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