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Data Protection: Road to VMworld

StephenSpellicy ‎08-21-2013 04:30 PM - edited ‎02-19-2015 12:40 PM

As we travel down the road to VMworld, (which begins this Sunday, Aug.  25th in San Francisco) I am looking forward to a host of exciting announcements from HP that embrace and extend the vision of the “software-defined datacenter”.  I am also thankful for the opportunity to meet with customers, partners and our fellow colleagues at VMware. 


Earlier this summer, we unveiled a host of exciting new data protection enhancements that relate directly to VMware vSphere and vCloud Director.

With our Data Protector v8 release we announced:


  • Improved catalog scalability and performance - storing up to 1 Trillion backup objects in a single Data Protector server’s catalog
  • Smart caching - improving VM backup/restore performance by 20 percent)
  • Advanced VM restore options that enable compliance isolation for virtual workloads (with the “Keep for Forensics” option)


Late last week we also announced a major enhancement to our cloud backup service, LiveVault, which is now fully integrated with VMware vSphere. Leveraging the vStorage APIs for Data Protection (VADP) it now provides a more efficient and robust approach to backing up virtual workloads at scale, protecting 100’s to 1000’s of VMs in the cloud.


For those of you that are unfamiliar with LiveVault, perhaps a little history and perspective would be helpful.  LiveVault has been in market for over a decade as a cloud-based data protection solution – you could say before “cloud” even existed! LiveVault is a real pioneer and leader in a huge market of competitors in an extremely exciting space, providing a fully managed cloud backup and recovery experience for over 10,000 customers worldwide, handling ~2.3 million backup jobs per day, with over 1 Exabyte of restorable data in the HP cloud. I don’t know of many other solutions in market that can make this claim, let alone actually deliver to this level of scale.




Some traditional on-premise backup and recovery products have adopted “cloud connectivity” to leverage offsite storage as an extension of the logical resource pool for backup and remote recovery.   This is a good approach and mechanism for on-premise customers to dip their toes in the water of what we call “cloud backup”, but still retain in control over the local backup and recovery solution & operations.


In contrast, LiveVault is a turnkey backup and recovery solution in the cloud, delivered 100 percent as Software as a Service (SaaS).  Customers can simply deploy a small software agent on a server being protected or a collector (which is essentially a proxy host that protects many servers, virtual machines or Network Attached Storage devices) with no real infrastructure investment.  


Optionally, we offer something called a TurboRestore Appliance. This operates as a local cache for on-premise backup and recovery to expedite initial backup and keeps a history of recent recovery points for faster local restores (while it synchronizes to the cloud to store two remote copies in mirrored geographically separate data centers). 


What’s really cool about this approach is that the system keeps the most recent data locally and remotely protected. This enables you to grab the data for recovery faster, improving recovery times – without utilizing the wide area network connectivity for the restore itself.  Any data that has been synchronized to the cloud can be recovered efficiently leveraging our unique Delta Restore feature, which only restores the changes between backups. 


For VMware customers unfamiliar with LiveVault and its capabilities to protect vSphere, it will be our pleasure to discuss and demo the benefits of the solution to protect virtual workloads to the cloud.  Please feel free to stop by the HP booth #1405 next week to meet with one of our data protection specialists.


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Stephen Spellicy is known as a virtualization and data protection subject matter expert with 17+ years of experience in the technology industry. As the Director of Product Management for Data Protection within HP Software's Division, he manages a portfolio of software products that over 60k customers leverage worldwide. His expertise within the backup/recovery, storage, virtualization, and cloud technology areas have also gained him recognition with HP internally and externally, with many contributed articles published technology focused magazines & periodicals.

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