Saturday, March 16, 2013

vSphere Data Protection - Built-in Backup for VMware

This article will save you thousands of dollars.

How? Simple. Drop your old backup software.

  • Stop paying thousands of dollars in backup software maintenance.
  • Stop throwing away money for off-site tape services and tapes you may never use or may never be able to recover from.
  • Stop using outdated software in a band-aid approach to "try" to protect your organizations data.
  • Start using VMware vSphere Data Protection.

In 2013, organizations have stopped using tape and old backup software.
Tape is over 60 years old, it's time to update.

Welcome to backup software that's built into the Hypervisor code with VMware... The logical place for it to be.

With context of individual Virtual Machines, backup at the Hypervisor level understands and provides consistency, across both Operating System and Application.

You can do Image-level Restores, Single File Restores, Single Email or Mailbox Restores, Database Restores... Oh, and one more thing, even End-User Restores!

It's free for up-to 2TB of deduplicated storage, that could be 3-7 years of retention on disk. Want more than 2TB? You can have up-to 10 data stores, that's 20TB of deduped storage! Still want more? Upgrade to the 8TB Advanced version for as little as $1,095... You can store it on your SAN, NAS, USB or even as-a-service with EMC Avamar.

And if that's not enough? EMC Avamar now has a Business Edition available to save you money on larger deployments.

Think about the thousands of dollars, you are throwing away, on old tape and backup software maintenance.

When you could protect all your virtual machines and business-critical applications with vSphere Data Protection Advanced, a new backup and recovery solution powered by EMC Avamar. vSphere Data Protection Advanced delivers the most efficient deduplication engine, seamless integration with vSphere and application-specific agents to protect Microsoft Exchange and SQL.

Backup and recovery for midsize vSphere environments

vSphere Data Protection Advanced is a backup and recovery solution powered by EMC Avamar designed for midsize vSphere environments. It extends the capabilities of vSphere Data Protection – available with all vSphere editions – to provide the most proven, efficient and easy-to-use protection for virtual machines with greater scalability and integration with business-critical applications.


What vSphere Data Protection Advanced Delivers

Proven Technology
vSphere Data Protection Advanced is built specifically for VMware vSphere, the market-leading virtualization platform and powered by EMC Avamar, a market-leading deduplication backup and recovery solution.
Efficient Backup And Recovery
Reduces backup storage and bandwidth requirements with industry-leading variable-length deduplication. Shrinks backup and recovery times by leveraging Changed Block Tracking.
Simple Management
With vSphere Data Protection Advanced, vSphere administrators have a “single pane of glass” console to manage their entire virtual infrastructure, including backup and recovery.
Application Awareness
vSphere Data Protection Advanced adds application-specific agents to ensure application-consistent backups and more granular recovery of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server.


Proven, efficient and simple backup and recovery

vSphere Data Protection Advanced is a backup and recovery solution powered by EMC Avamar designed for midsize vSphere environments. It provides the most proven, efficient and easy-to-use protection for virtual machines with added scalability and integration with business-critical applications.


  • Variable-length: data is broken into segments of variable length, which enables the highest rates of deduplication – on average 99% for file systems and 96% for databases.
  • Global: Deduplication is compared across all VMs backed up by the same VDP Advanced virtual appliance, reducing the required backup storage by up to 95%.
  • Client-side: for guest-level backups, the agents deduplicate at the VM reducing the daily impact on the virtual network by up to 99% as compared to traditional full-backup methods.
VADP Integration: offloads the backup process from production VMs. Up to eight VMs per virtual appliance can be backed up simultaneously to increase backup throughput.
Changed Block Tracking Backup: leverages Changed Block Tracking in combination with variable-length deduplication, sending truly unique changed blocks to the VDP Advanced virtual appliance.
Changed Block Tracking Restore: only restores the delta of changed blocks between the current state of the VM and the last backup, reducing recovery times up to 30 times as compared to full VM recoveries.
Deduplication Graphic
Changed Block Tracking Graphic


vSphere Integration: fully integrated with vCenter Server and managed natively through the vSphere Web Client. VDP Advanced enables vSphere administrators to manage their entire virtual infrastructure, including backup and recovery, from a “single pane of glass."

Ease of Deployment: deployed as a virtual machine appliance with very little additional configuration required post-deployment.

Ease of Use: delivers simple and efficient wizard-driven creation of backup jobs with customized policies based on specified retentions and schedules set at the backup job level.

One-step Recovery: enables easy browsing to perform file-level recovery and full VM restores to the original VM or a new VM.

Self-service Recovery: facilitates self-service restore performed by end-users, such as application owners or guest OS administrators, offloading restore requests to the IT department.


Agents for Microsoft SQL and Exchange: provides application-specific agents to protect these business-critical applications. The lightweight agent installed inside the VM deduplicates data, moving only unique changed blocks to the VDP Advanced appliance. VDP Advanced achieves the highest levels of deduplication at the guest level.

Application Consistency: guest-level backup and recovery ensures application-consistent states crucial to guarantee reliable protection of business-critical applications
Recovery of Individual Items
  • Microsoft Exchange Server agent - provides recovery of individual databases with options to restore to special Exchange databases to perform granular recovery of mailboxes and messages.
  • Microsoft SQL Server agent - enables recovery of the entire application, individual databases, or only logs.


Choosing Your vSphere Data Protection 5 Edition

VMware vSphere Data Protection is available in two editions to help you protect your virtual machines depending on the size of your vSphere environment and with the level of granularity that your applications require.

VMware vSphere Data Protection 5 Advanced

vSphere Data Protection Advanced is a backup and recovery solution powered by EMC Avamar designed for midsize vSphere environments. It extends the capabilities of vSphere Data Protection – available with all vSphere editions – with greater scalability and integration with business-critical applications. vSphere Data Protection Advanced provides fast agent-less image-level backups, as well as guest-level application-consistent protection of Microsoft® SQL Server™ and Microsoft® Exchange Server™.

VMware vSphere Data Protection 5

vSphere Data Protection, a feature available with all vSphere editions, is ideally suited to protect small vSphere environments. Based on EMC Avamar technology, vSphere Data Protection provides the most efficient agent-less image-level backup and recovery for virtual machines.

VDPVDP Advanced
Licensing and Pricing
Per CPU (license only)
Included with vSphere ESS+ and aboveUS $1,095
Max protected VMs per CPU
Max deduplicated storage per appliance
Max supported VMs per appliance
Max appliances per vCenter instance
Agent-less backup
Variable-length deduplication
CBT for backup and restore
vSphere Web Client management
Self-service backup and recovery
Full VM and file-level recovery
Integrity check and rollback mechanism
Dynamic provisioning

MSFT Exchange Server agents

MSFT SQL Server agents

Migration from VDP

Note: List Pricing is for reference purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Pricing reflected in this document is suggested retail price in USD, for sales in the US. Regional prices may vary.


Midsize companies constrained in time and resources can’t afford to deal with complicated and expensive licensing models. However, these organizations should not have to settle for less capable solutions simply because they can’t invest on enterprise-level products. With enterprise-class deduplication and streamlined backup and recovery management, vSphere Data Protection Advanced is the most cost-effective backup solution.
Licensing unit – vSphere Data Protection Advanced is licensed per CPU.
What this means to customers
  • Protect as many VMs as needed on properly licensed vSphere hosts.*
  • Deploy virtual appliances as needed at no additional charge (up to 10 per vCenter Server instance).
  • No charge for the agents deployed throughout the environment – they are included with the solution.
  • No need to perform complicated calculations to forecast backup storage capacity as in “per TB” licensing models.
Licensing vSphere Data Protection Advanced is as simple as matching the number of vSphere licenses in the environment.
*Actual limit in the number of VMs that can be protected is dictated by the technical scalability limitations of the solution.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Enterprise File Sharing Challenges?

Syncplicity breaks down barriers of File Sharing and Large Attachments in the enterprise. Streamline information access to help teams collaborate, whilst making corporate information sharing more secure. Syncplicity is the only online file sync and sharing solution designed for enterprise scale with the simplicity of the best mobile apps.

Available as-a-service for small to medium business or as an on-premise solution to be deployed for large enterprise.

Allow users to work the way they want.
Automated file sync and backup features, one-click file sharing, and access to files online and offline across multiple devices, platforms and cloud applications.
Enhance control and protection of corporate data assets, with the ability to set, monitor and manage file access and sharing policies to secure corporate data.
With no hardware required and a one time set up that happens in minutes, Syncplicity is fully equipped to usher your organization into a new age of file management.

Solve your mobile access challenge

Say yes to BYOD and the devices your users demand. Say yes to file sharing and collaboration. Say yes to Syncplicity, true file sync, that puts the right content everywhere it belongs, from desktops to laptops to mobile devices, with complete enterprise visibility and governance.

The IT tools and visibility you need

Smart policies and intuitive tools make it easy to secure, protect, and deploy enterprise-wide file sharing. Inside or outside the firewall with complete transparency and control.

Reduce risk and maintain compliance

Syncplicity understands the range of requirements our customers face and how to match our product to your security architecture. Choose a full cloud-based deployment or keep the storage layer on-premise for complete control.


Frictionless User Experience

Get a complete solution for file sync and sharing that users will love.
  • No extra steps— save files and access them anywhere
  • Access files online or offline from your mobile device of choice
  • Share files with just a click

Industry-Leading IT Security and Controls

Syncplicity gives IT all the features and tools they need to secure, protect, deploy, support and monitor file sync and sharing throughout their business.
  • Use Active Directory or SAML-based authentication
  • Set policies for sharing and file retention
  • Deploy at scale
  • Manage accounts and devices
  • Gain visibility with usage and audit reports

Storage Flexibility and Compliance

Gain ultimate control over file storage by choosing cloud or on premise storage.
  • Syncplicity cloud storage utilizes SSAE-16 SOC2 audited data centers and features 99.999999999% data resiliency
  • Choose to store files "on premise" with EMC Isilon Scale-Out NAS or EMC Atmos Object Storage (Enterprise Edition Only)— Your files never reside within our data centers

    Compliments of EMC Corporation.

“With Syncplicity, we finally have a solution that solves all the headaches of managing, sharing, backing up and syncing files. And we’ve reduced our infrastructure costs by 65% and reduced support tickets 75%.”
Brandon Gage