vProtect Introduction

vProtect is an enterprise backup solution for Open VM environments such as Nutanix, Citrix Xen, RedHat Virtualization, KVM and more. vProtect enables VM-level protection and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software. vProtect also provides data protection for Kubernetes deployments.

vProtect provides a wide range of capabilities and makes use of advanced virtualization platform features such as changed block tracking when available. 

To see vProtect in action, watch our demo video.

vProtect Highlights

  • Support for a wide range of Open VM platforms: RHV/oVirt, Nutanix Acropolis, Citrix XenServer, KVM, PowerKVM, KVM for IBM z, oVirt, Proxmox, Xen and Oracle VM.
  • Support for backup and snapshot management of Amazon EC2
  • Support for Kubernetes containers on OpenShift
  • Supports data export into existing backup environments for integration and long-term storage. Works with IBM Spectrum Protect, Veritas NetBackup, Dell-EMC Networker and Catalogic vStor.
  • Easy file recovery directly from within the Web UI
  • Data exported in native, hypervisor-specific format
  • Backup to any mounted file system (local, NFS, iSCSI, SMD)
  • Backup to Red Hat Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) which includes deduplication and compression
  • Backup to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage (Nearline, Coldline), OpenStack Swift, Neverfail HybriStor or Data Domain Boost
  • Data encryption for Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and file system backup providers
  • Open API for 3rd party software integration (REST API) as well as command line
  • Multi-node support for better scalability or geographically dispersed environments.
  • Pre/post snapshot remote command execution on VM to enable operations such as DB quiesce
  • UI – Chinese, Spanish and German language supported
Red Hat Virtualization / oVirt
KVM
Nutanix Acropolis / AHV
Citrix Hypervisor (XenServer)
Kubernetes / OpenShift
Oracle VM
Proxmox
Amazon EC2

vProtect Architecture

The vProtect architecture consists of two components: the vProtect Server and one or more Nodes. The Server provides management and stores all metadata. A Node is responsible for data transfer and integration with the hypervisor platform / Kubernetes container / EC2 and backup destinations. A vProtect deployment can have one or multiple nodes.

The Proxy VM can be any CentOS/RHEL based installation. For smaller environments, all components can install on the same VM. Individual VMs/containers are automatically discovered and indexed, and then backup policies can be applied to them.

For Nutanix Acropolis, vProtect can run as a VM within the hypervisor.

Backup Storage Options

vProtect has a unique ability to export backups to third-party backup providers. This allows vProtect to add native Open VM backup functionality into products that do not natively support these hypervisor platforms or Kubernetes. vProtect works with IBM Spectrum Protect, Veritas NetBackup, Dell-EMC Networker and Catalogic vStor. Amazon EC2-based VMs can also be backed up to these backup systems. vProtect can also optionally keep a local backup copy for faster operational recovery purposes.

Standalone deployments are also possible. vProtect can back up to any file system connected to the Proxy VM. In addition, data can be exported to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage (Nearline, Coldline), Neverfail HybriStor, Data Domain Boost or OpenStack Swift.

Efficient incremental backups

vProtect provides incremental backups for Citrix Hypervisor, Nutanix and RHV/oVirt through the use of Changed-Region Tracking (CRT) based on the hypervisor APIs. Incremental backups for KVM are done using snapshot chain export. In addition to incremental backups, users can exclude specific VM disks from backup. For example, disks that store large temp files that aren’t needed in recovery. The disk exclusion feature is available for KVM, Nutanix Acropolis, Citrix Hypervisor (Xen), and Proxmox.

Hypervisor Snapshot Management

Hypervisor snapshot management is available for KVM, RedHat Virtualization, Nutanix Acropolis, Citrix Hypervisor (Xen), Proxmox and Amazon EC2. vProtect manages hypervisor snapshot schedules and retention times, allowing you to combine a short-term protection option that provides fast restore/revert using snapshots, plus a longer-term backup to a separate target device, all managed in one place.

Data consistency

vProtect uses the hypervisor functions to create application-consistent snapshots for Citrix, Nutanix and RHV/oVirt VMs. This allows for quiescing databases prior to the snapshot, which results in a more consistent backup. vProtect also allows you to setup periodic backup with your own scripts or application-native backup commands. These can be executed either on the Node or remotely over SSH. The application can reside anywhere: in a VM, Kubernetes deployement or on a physical box. The only requirement is to allow vProtect to execute set of commands over SSH or on the node to access data remotely.

Easy Dashboard View

vProtect provides an easy-to-use, intuitive interface that makes management and monitoring simple. Configuration steps are clearly defined. A visual scheduler aids in understanding. And the dashboard immediately identifies any VMs that are not protected.  

Mountable backups and file restore

The mountable backup feature provides a quick and easy way to access backup data without having to do a full VM restore. This is especially useful for restoring one or a few individual files. The user can mount the backup image which requires no data movement, and simply copy back the needed files. Incremental backups can also be mounted because the vProtect Node merges the incremental backups into the full backup image. 

Backup images can be scheduled to mount at a pre-set time, and mount points specified.