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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 native snapshots created on production storage systems that host VM disks.

  • 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.
  • 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. 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 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:

Storage type

Dell EMC VNX(e)/

HPE 3PAR StoreServ

HPE StoreVirtual

FlexArray (V-Series),
IBM N series
Lenovo DM-Series


Cisco HyperFlex

IBM Spectrum Virtualize
Lenovo V-Series

Universal Storage API
Integrated Systems

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 for primary storage arrays

Snapshot-only job for secondary storage arrays





Snapshot in job secondary destination

Other Operations

Storage rescan

(infrastructure only)

Snapshot creation and deletion (manual)


* Storage snapshot technology:

  • HPE 3PAR StoreServ: snapshot creation on Peer Persistent target
  • NetApp FAS and AFF Series, Lenovo DM-Series and IBM N series: snapshot replication with SnapMirror/SnapVault
  • Nimble: snapshot replication
  • IBM Spectrum Virtualize and Lenovo V-Series: snapshot creation on HyperSwap target

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