I’m really digging all of the improvements with vSphere 6 that VMware is sharing during their 28 Days of February. It seems like one of the biggest improvements that happened during the release of vSphere 6 is that VMware decided to move all of the features of vSphere Data Protection Advanced into the core product, as long as you own vSphere 6.0 Essentials Plus Kit and higher editions.
This is huge for ELA customers like us, because it gives us the option of leveraging proven Avamar technology for backing up and restoring virtual machines, at no extra charge. VMware has really fired the warning shot across the bow of Veeam Availability Suite with this release!
And, with VDP Advanced (now just called VDP), we can do some of the things we could do with Veeam before, like application consistent backups of SQL server, Exchange, and Sharepoint. We can also do things like truncate logs during the backup process for the above mentioned databases. File level restore is now available, and even individual SQL tables can be restored through the vSphere Web Client. :Another feature is automated backup verification, which can be done on every backup job. This automates the process of booting the VM in an isolated network bubble, from backup storage, and verifies that the guest OS boots by checking for VMtools heartbeats.
Altogether, I’m very excited about the possibilities of VDP in vSphere 6.0. You can read more about it here: