VMware Integration

To build the data protection and disaster recovery strategy, you can use the 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.
  • Data Recovery from Storage Snapshots. You can restore VM data directly from storage snapshots. Restore from 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 in 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:

Operation/
Storage Type

Dell EMC
Unity XT/Unity, VNX(e)

HPE 3PAR StoreServ, HPE Primera

HPE StoreVirtual/LeftHand/P4000 series

HPE Nimble

NetApp FAS/AFF/ASA,
FlexArray (V-Series), Fujitsu ETERNUS HX/AX, IBM N series,
Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series

Cisco HyperFlex

IBM FlashSystem (StorWize), IBM SVC, Lenovo Storage V Series

Universal Storage API Integrated Systems

Backup from Storage Snapshots

Backup from primary storage arrays

Backup from secondary storage arrays

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Data Recovery from Storage Snapshots

Restore from primary storage arrays

Restore from secondary storage arrays

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Snapshot Orchestration

Snapshot-only job for primary storage arrays

Snapshot-only job for secondary storage arrays

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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

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Other Operations

Storage rescan

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Snapshot creation and deletion (manual)

1 Storage snapshot technology:

  • HPE 3PAR StoreServ – periodic remote copy and snapshot creation on Peer Persistent target only
  • HPE Nimble – snapshot replication
  • NetApp FAS, AFF, and ASA Series, FlexArray (V Series), Fujitsu ETERNUS HX/AX, IBM N series, and Lenovo ThinkSystem DM Series – snapshot replication with SnapMirror/SnapVault
  • IBM FlashSystem (StorWize), IBM SVC, Lenovo Storage V Series – snapshot creation on HyperSwap target

2 Infrastructure only

3 Contact vendor to check compatibility and storage system configuration

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