HP has many valuable DP online resources including the Information Management Digital Hub. Today, I'd like to highlight a recently update technical white paper describing HP Data Protector A.06.11 Support for VMware vStorage.
Backup administrators are finding that it is no longer practical to treat virtual machines as if they were still physical servers. It's much like setting your cactus next to your alarm clock: You can do it, but it's not a terribly good idea. The better alternative is to utilize Data Protector's integration with VMware's vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). The idea is to take the i/o load off of individual VM guests and ESXi hosts.
In the HP Data Protector A.06.11 Support for VMware vStorage white paper which has just been updated as of March 2011, you will find valuable information on:
- Data Protector backup types and the vStorage Image backup method
- Installation and configuration
- Backup and restore
- Screen shots and examples
Backup a single VM, multiple VMs, all VMs in a Data Center, or all VMs in all Data Centers managed by a vCenter server. No need to update a backup specification when a VM moves from ESXi host to another. Data Protector works in concert with VMware to locate and backup your chosen VM at any time. Select a VMware Data Center, and newly created VMs are protected even though they weren't there when you created the backup specification.
VADP for ESXi 4.x can peacefully coexist with any VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) integration you may already have in place for protecting your ESX 3.x environment. It is also worth noting that although your backup server (formerly "proxy") and GUI host must be Windows clients, it is possible with the latest patches to use VADP integration with a Windows, Linux, or Unix Cell Manager.
What backup and recovery challenges do you face in your virtual environment? Feel free to share your experience and advice in the comments!