VMware Data Recovery vs VMware Consolidated Backup

VMware Data Recovery vs VMware Consolidated Backup

Important note

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.

See: http://app.connect.vmware.com/e/es.aspx?s=524&e=12880125


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 (javascript:;)

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"




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