Friday, February 21, 2014

Using vSphere Data Protection - Tell your story to win an iPAD MINI !

VMware has recently launched a contest for customers who have been using vSphere Data Protection. For those who are not aware of VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP). Here is a quick overview:-

VMware vSphere® Data Protection™ is a backup and recovery solution for VMware® virtual machines. It is fully integrated with VMware vCenter Server™ and VMware vSphere Web Client, providing disk-based backup of virtual machines.

vSphere Data Protection is deployed as a virtual appliance with four processors (vCPUs) and four GB of RAM. Three configurations of backup storage capacity are available: 0.5 TB, 1 TB and 2 TB, which consume 850 GB, 1,300 GB and 3,100 GB of storage capacity, respectively. Careful planning is recommended to ensure proper sizing, as additional capacity cannot be added once the appliance is deployed. Base your storage requirements on the number of virtual machines to be backed up, the data quantities involved, retention periods and typical data change rates, all of which can vary considerably. 

vSphere Data Protection uses CBT during image-level backups. CBT also comes into play during virtual machine image-level restores to improve speed and efficiency. During the restore process, vSphere Data Protection leverages the vSphere API for Data Protection (VADP) to determine which blocks have changed since the selected restore point. vSphere Data Protection automatically evaluates the workload between both restore methods—restoring all blocks or calculating and restoring only the changed blocks—and uses the most efficient method. - See more about the product here.

If you have a success story with vSphere Data Protection, go ahead and share it and you might be one the lucky winners to win an iPAD MINI :-)

You can get more details from the following VMware Blog...

Tell Us Your vSphere Data Protection Story – You Might Win an iPad mini

Here is an extract form that blog article:-

Top 5 entries will win an iPad mini and a chance to have their story published on our blog.
Submit your entries to: by Monday March 31, 2014 11:59:59 PM PDT. Here are a few tips that can help you craft your story:
  • Tell us about how and where you have deployed and used VDP Advanced
  • Tell us how VDP Advanced provided value to your business – examples: time savings, lower CapEx, less OpEx, risk reduction, improved application/service uptime, an actual event where VDP Advanced saved the day!
  • Description of the evaluation done and other tools considered before choosing to use VDP Advanced.
  • Did you replace an existing backup tool/methodology?
  • Bonus points for detailed responses and VDP Advanced best practices you have learned along the way!
So go ahead and get you story out there ASAP.

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