Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 4
User Guide for VMware vSphere
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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 Orchestration. You can configure backup jobs to periodically create storage snapshots on primary and/or secondary storage arrays.
  • Backup from Storage Snapshots with Snapshot Retention. You can configure backup jobs to create backup files on the backup repository and, additionally, storage snapshots on the 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

HPE 3PAR StoreServ

HPE StoreVirtual

HPE Nimble

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 Orchestration

Snapshot-only job for primary storage arrays

Snapshot-only job for secondary storage arrays





Backup from Storage Snapshots with Snapshot Retention

Backup job with snapshot retention on primary storage arrays

Backup job with snapshot retention on secondary storage arrays





Other Operations

Storage rescan


Snapshot creation and deletion (manual)

* Storage snapshot technology:

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

** Infrastructure only

*** Contact vendor to check compatibility and storage system configuration

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