At the beginning of 2010 VMware is announcing the end of availability for VMware Consolidated Backup, cause vSphere backup product strategy, ongoing enhancements, and end of availability plans for VMware Consolidated Backup.
VMware Backup Product Strategy for vSphere
VMware released vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) with the vSphere 4.0 release in May, 2009. VADP is the next generation of VMware’s backup framework. We have also been working with several backup partners to integrate VADP into their solutions to make backup of vSphere Virtual Machines fast, efficient and easy to deploy compared to VCB and other backup solutions. Several of our major backup partners have already released VADP integrated backup products and we expect most of the major backup partners to have VADP integrated backup software by the upcoming feature release of the vSphere platform in 2010.
VMware Data Recovery (VDR)
is a backup product and solution
require vSphere and a valid license for VDR
works with a GUI (integrated in vCenter)
works in a virtual appliance
is only a B2D solution and cannot (in a simple way) be integrated in other program (to implement also a B2T see http://xtravirt.com/xd10131)
can save data to vmdk or NAS share (also CIFS share)
backup are at image level (but restore can be at file level)
first backup is full, the other are incremental
it can do data deduplication
easy deployment with initial setup wizard
wizard with workflow to create and schedule backup jobs
multiple restore points are displayed for each VM for easy restore
it is not able to send email notification (Email reporting for VDR)
VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB)
is only a backup framework
it can work on vSphere but also on VI 3.x
usually require a physical machine (that could be the backup machine) but can also work in a VM
it (usual) require scripting and works in CLI
it require a Windows Server that act as a "proxy"
does not directly support B2T but can be integrated with other backup program
for image level backup it require a stage area
backup are at image level or file level (in this case only for Windows guest)
image level backup are only full
it cannot do data deduplication and compression, but can save the image in "compact mode"