vProtect Introduction

Catalogic 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.
  • 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.
  • Hypervisor snapshot management for KVM, Citrix, and RHV
  • Data exported in native, hypervisor-specific format
  • Efficient, incremental backups (changed block tracking) for Citrix, Nutanix and RHV/oVirt
  • Incremental backups for KVM using snapshot chain export
  • Backup to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack Swift or any mounted file-system
  • Built in data deduplication with VDO
  • 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
  • Option to back up only selected VM disks (Citrix, Nutanix, KVM/Xen)
  • VM auto-grouping based on regular expressions and tags (Citrix, RHV/oVirt, Oracle VM)
  • Snapshot consistency technology and quiesced snapshots (Citrix, Nutanix, RHV/oVirt)
  • 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
  • Easy file-level restore using mountable backups (Citrix, RHV/oVirt, Nutanix, KVM/Xen, Oracle VM)

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 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 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. 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, or OpenStack Swift. 

Efficient incremental backups

vProtect provides incremental backups for Citrix, Nutanix and RHV/oVirt through the use of Changed-Region Tracking (CRT) based on the hypervisor APIs. 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 also available for KVM/Xen.

Hypervisor Snapshot Management

Hypervisor snapshot management is available for KVM, RedHat Virtualization and Citrix Xen. 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.

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.