VMware Data Protection – EMC NetWorker Integration with vCenter

Deanna Hoover

Deanna Hoover

I spent most of my career (25+ years) as a systems administrator with responsibilities for storage architecture. But after many years of supporting production environments and becoming burned out by the 7x24 on-call schedule, I made the move into presales and then technical marketing. Life is good. I am able to leverage my customer and sales experience, by helping my team understand the customer’s perspective and challenges. If you have questions, ask them here on or on EMC NetWorker Online Commnity. I'd love to chat! My life away from work consists of playing in the great outdoors - I am an adrenaline junky, triathlete, mountaineer and techno-girl.

It’s no secret that the technology behind the VMware VDP offering is EMC Avamar – providing image-level backup and changed block tracking for backup and restores.  The out-of-the-box VMware VDP solution is targeted for environments that have no more than 2 TB or 100 VMs. While VMware offers upgrade possibilities, there are advantages to leveraging EMC for data protection of your VMware environments.

NetWorker

EMC recently announced a new data protection solution for VMware.  This solution is available with EMC NetWorker 8.1 and is also based on EMC Avamar.  The solution adds many bells and whistles in NetWorker that will help companies scale their VMware protection and provide administrative advantages, as well as policy management.

Now, let’s focus on the new VMware data protection available with NetWorker 8.1.

You will hear the solution called NetWorker VMware Protection, or possibly VMware Backup Appliance (VBA) – they are essentially one and the same.  High level, the solution offers integration with vCenter through the vSphere Web Client.  NetWorker VMware Protection delivers the following advantages through an OVA deployment and is installed into vCenter as the NetWorker VMware Backup Appliance:

  • 3x faster backup and 30x faster image-based recovery than the competition
  • Changed Block Tracking for both backup and restore
  • Utilizes existing LAN/WAN IP bandwidth and virtual infrastructure
  • Centralized policy management
  • Integrated deduplication via Data Domain Boost
  • Leverages existing management interfaces
  • Integration with VMware vCenter
  • Centralized monitoring and reporting
  • Self-service file recovery
  • Forever incremental backup
  • Disaster recovery and replication

In case it’s a little confusing, I will cover “what exactly is the VBA”.

VMware Backup Appliance

The VBA is deployed into the existing VMware infrastructure and includes Data Domain Boost, a backup proxy, and a backup engine. Each VBA will support up to 800 VMs, and each NetWorker server supports up to 20 VBAs.

  • Backup Engine
    • Provides communication with the proxies, vCenter, and NetWorker.  The backup engine is also responsible for Changed Block Tracking.
  • Data Domain Boost
    • A Data Domain system is the primary backup target for the VBA.  Client side deduplication is automatic for all backups through integration with Data Domain Boost.
  • Backup Proxy
    • Deployment of multiple proxies, which are internal to the VBA, provides scalability and performance.
      • The NetWorker solution is configured with 8 internal proxies with the ability to back up as many as 8 VMs concurrently.
      • To back up more than 8 VMs concurrently, you must deploy an external proxy VM that also encompasses 8 internal proxies. A maximum of 3 external proxies can be added.
      • A NetWorker Server can manage multiple VBAs in order to back up hundreds to thousands of VMs per backup window.

Why should you consider NetWorker as the backup solution of choice? NetWorker is a proven solution with over 25,000 customers – and includes support for physical as well as virtual servers, plus robust tape management, reporting, disaster recovery readiness, and more.  A high level overview of EMC’s offering for VMware data protection can be found by viewing the Master of your Destiny blog, as well as a short demo – or you can find a more in-depth overview in the VMware Protection with EMC NetWorker 8.1 whitepaper

Deanna Hoover

Deanna Hoover

I spent most of my career (25+ years) as a systems administrator with responsibilities for storage architecture. But after many years of supporting production environments and becoming burned out by the 7x24 on-call schedule, I made the move into presales and then technical marketing. Life is good. I am able to leverage my customer and sales experience, by helping my team understand the customer’s perspective and challenges. If you have questions, ask them here on or on EMC NetWorker Online Commnity. I'd love to chat! My life away from work consists of playing in the great outdoors - I am an adrenaline junky, triathlete, mountaineer and techno-girl.
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About Deanna Hoover

I spent most of my career (25+ years) as a systems administrator with responsibilities for storage architecture. But after many years of supporting production environments and becoming burned out by the 7x24 on-call schedule, I made the move into presales and then technical marketing. Life is good. I am able to leverage my customer and sales experience, by helping my team understand the customer’s perspective and challenges. If you have questions, ask them here on or on EMC NetWorker Online Commnity. I'd love to chat! My life away from work consists of playing in the great outdoors - I am an adrenaline junky, triathlete, mountaineer and techno-girl.

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