One of the things we really liked about Storware, when we chose to partner with them, was their aggressive, agile development style. They put out a steady pulse of new releases, adding valuable new features on a (roughly) quarterly basis. And now, only a couple of months after we announced the partnership, we’ve got a new vProtect release!
Quick detour: if you aren’t familiar with vProtect, take three minutes to watch this video.
There’s a lot of nice new features in the latest release, code named Stardust. A big one is the implementation of RedHat Virtual Data Optimizer (VDO) which provides deduplication and compression of backup data when you are using vProtect in a standalone configuration. You could use VDO in the past, but you had to manage it yourself. With the Stardust release, management is exposed in the UI and it’s just a few clicks to start squashing down your storage consumption.
Will VDO help with your data? As with all things storage related, it depends on your data. But here’s what RedHat has to say on the topic:
The amount of data reduction you will see with VDO will vary depending on the type of data being stored and the workflow that creates and stores the data. Already compressed data types such as video or audio files will not benefit from this technology, but online backups, virtual machine, and container deployments will see substantial benefits. It is not uncommon for users to report 6:1 data reduction rates in mixed container and VM environments using deduplication and compression technologies such as those provided by VDO. (Source)
I’d say 6:1 is pretty good! Think about storing 6 TB of data where you used to store only 1 TB. Can’t complain. Of course, dedupe rates for backup go up a lot if you have longer retention periods and keep more backups on disk, especially if your data change rates aren’t that much.
Another new feature is the addition of LDAP support. Prior to Stardust, you had to create local users in vProtect. Now you can use LDAP credentials. And this is a building block to future roles-based access controls (RBAC) that we’ll see in upcoming versions.
Lots of other nice features additions that user’s have been asking for. Here’s some of them.
- Data encryption for file system, Amazon SE and Azure backup destinations. You can never be too secure!
- Additional restore flexibility by allowing setting of the VM name during restore. As with many things, this is hypervisor dependent and is now supported on RedHat Virtualization, oVirt, KVM, Xen and XenServer.
- KVM enhancements. Specific to KVM environments, you can now import backups directly to the hypervisor, and you can execute pre- and post-snapshot commands for data consistency during backups.
There’s also been some re-design of the Dashboard interface. It was already cool, but now it’s even cooler! Here’s a look.
The addition of the Success Rate graphic gives you instant visibility into the health of your backup environment. (And for the record, let me note this is from a test system, and 46% success rates are NOT indicative of what you’d get in your datacenter!)
There’s also improved views into VM backup performance, providing more detail.
And there you have it! A lot of nice new updates, and much more on the way. Keep watching this space and we’ll update you every time a new release comes out.
Meanwhile, we’re having a pair of 15-minute Coffee Talk webinars about vProtect on August 14th, at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. EST. You can register for them here.
Meanwhile, if you’d like more information on vProtect, please visit our vProtect product page. From there, you can click the “Request a Demo” button to set up a one-on-one demo with one of our technical experts. We’ll walk you through the solution and answer any questions you might have.