Category: vProtect

As we near the summer months, when most development teams take the foot off the gas and coast through the vacation season, Storware just keeps pumping out new releases for vProtect.

vProtect is a backup and recovery solution for modern workloads that provides agentless data protection services for Open VM environments, virtual environments built on VMware and Hyper V, containers like Kubernetes, storage providers (Ceph RBD, Nutanix Files, file system), and applications running on-prem and in the cloud. vProtect can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software.

Hot on the heels of its previous release that included support for the protection of storage providers, like Ceph RBD, vProtect 4.2 adds a synthetic backup provider based on XFS, allowing incremental-forever backups and significantly faster restores. This release also introduces granular RBAC system-level roles that allow administrators more control over vProtect security.  By defining user groups and roles, RBAC enables administrators to specify which actions and views are accessible to users by using pre-defined, built-in roles or customizing their own.

For oVirt/Red Hat Virtualization/Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager distributions, two new transfer optimizations have been added: BZIP2 compression when using SSH transfer method and direct transfers to/from hypervisors in Disk Image transfer method.  Both of these improvements result in even faster backups. Additionally, for these environments vProtect received the option to easily configure metadata DB backups directly from the hypervisor manager’s section.

vProtect version 4.2 also added snapshot-management for Ceph RBD Storage Provider and SMB support for Nutanix Files. Finally, to improve system performance visibility, the management interface received additional notifications related to VDO space occupancy, transfer rate charts, and inventory synchronization statuses.

vProtect 4.2 key highlights at a glance:

  • Synthetic file system backup provider using XFS
  • RBAC – system-level roles and user groups
  • Storage Providers – Nutanix Files – SMB shares support
  • Web UI – transfer rate charts
  • Hyper-V multithreaded import during a restore

Did you miss our live webinar? –  Add Modern Data Protection for Open Virtual Machines & Clouds to your Enterprise Backup – Pawel Maczka, CTO at Storware and Brian Sietsma, Solutions Architect at Catalogic Software, discussed the new updates in the latest version release of vProtect 4.2. Watch it on-demand!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. To view more vProtect features, check our website. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and provide you with more information.

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05/27/2021 0 Comments

vProtect enables VM-level protection and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with enterprise backup software. vProtect also provides data protection for Kubernetes deployments.

In the last update, vProtect 4.0 updated/re-organized Web UI, added incremental backup support for ProxMox – the first tool to have this feature, and added CBT backup strategy for RHEV/AHV will improve incremental backup for these hypervisors.

In this recent 4.1 update, vProtect provides the new ability to backup storage providers –backup, restore, mount file systems, RBD volumes, and Nutanix files.

Let’s take a look at the vProtect 4.1 new highlights:

Storage provider – Ceph RBD – support for backup/restore/mount of RBD volumes

  • Backup of Ceph RBD volumes (separate from OpenStack/OpenShift/KVM environments) are now supported. Dedicated policies can protect Ceph RBD volumes directly with option for full and incremental backup.
  • OpenStack Ceph configurations can be protected at the Ceph cluster level for each AZ.

Storage provider – file system – support for backup/restore/mount of plain file systems mounted on the nodes

  • File Systems on the vProtect node can now be protected. This means that anything that you mount on the node can be protected using backup schedules for regular file-based backups in both full and incremental format.

Storage provider – Nutanix Files (AFS) – technical preview of support for backup/ restore/mount of Nutanix Files

  • File-level protection for NFS shares from Nutanix Files.  This allows for incremental backups using CFT API.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and provide you with more information.

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02/16/2021 0 Comments

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08/28/2020 0 Comments

To further elaborate, Veeam’s licensing structure is now formulated around multiple different parameters of your environment, while limiting the socket-based pricing to just on-premise VMware  ESXi  and Microsoft Hyper-V.  vProtect  from Catalogic Software does not limit you based on your open virtualization platform or based on the details of your existing environment.

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08/14/2020 0 Comments

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01/06/2020 0 Comments

The latest update of vProtect brings new features to the Nebula release, first announced in April of this year. The new code drop, v 3.8.1, is available immediately and has a lot of nice additions.

The big-ticket item is the first vProtect support for OpenStack. It comes with both full and incremental backup support, plus file-level restores. This release works with KVM virtual machines using QCOW2 disks.

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11/03/2019 0 Comments

After years of almost exponential growth, with many businesses virtualizing over 80% of their workloads, the virtualization industry has hit a tipping point. Now more than ever, organizations are questioning the value proposition of the “Big Two,” VMware and Hyper-V, and looking at alternative hypervisors. And this means looking at backup eco-system alternatives as well.

This doesn’t mean that organizations aren’t continuing to invest in virtualization. The hypervisor market continues to grow at a solid rate. What it means is that the market is seeing a shift in how organizations are virtualizing their infrastructure.

Over the last ten years, the Big Two have dominated the market. But as organizations continue to virtualize more and more of their workloads, the increased cost of the Big Two has begun to be too much to handle for a lot of companies. In the wake of this, we are beginning to see the creation and growth of alternative open-source or niche hypervisors like Red Hat Virtualization, Citrix Hypervisor, Oracle VM, etc.

The issue organizations are dealing with is the following: we cannot afford to continue to expand the VMware or Hyper-V environment, but it’s hard to trust these new, open-source hypervisors, especially when our existing backup solution is unable to protect the virtual machines.

That is where vProtect comes in. vProtect is a modern, enterprise-level backup solution designed specifically to protect these open VM environments. This includes support for Nutanix Acropolis, Citrix Hypervisor (XenServer), RedHat Virtualization, KVM, and many more. vProtect enables agentless VM-level protection and can function as a standalone solution or integrate with your existing enterprise backup software.

As you can imagine, as the open-source hypervisor market is beginning to expand, vProtect is not the only solution out in the market for these types of environments. Another such product is Bacula. Bacula, like vProtect, focuses attention on the niche market of open-sourced hypervisors. A quote straight from Bacula’s website claims to feature “the most advanced backup and recovery for RedHat Virtualization on the planet.” Now, is this really the case? How does Bacula compare to vProtect in this RHEV/oVirt (Red Hat Virtualization) space? And how does it measure up in terms of support for all the other open-sourced hypervisor options that are out there? Does it support containers? How about AWS EC2 machines? Does it support cloud offload?

According to end-users that we have been in touch with, Bacula (for the most part) is successful in protecting the VMs. It does what it says it does. However, some have complaints about backup speeds and flexibility when it comes to allowing different ways to transfer the VM data. Bacula really only offers one transport method, and that is image-based transfers.

vProtect, on the other hand, offers multiple backup methods:

  • Image-based transfers
  • Disk attachment method
  • Changed block tracking for incremental backups
  • A new transfer method that moves VM data via SSH.

These options allow end-users more flexibility when it comes to architecture and networking.

Another specific complaint that we have heard directly from a Fortune 100 organization and one of the largest technology companies in the world (a former Bacula user who has since purchased vProtect), is that for any oVirt users, integration requires an oVirt image-io Proxy which causes bottlenecks when running simultaneous backup jobs. This prevented them from being able to run more than a couple of backup jobs at the same time. With vProtect, using a disk-attachment method to transfer the VM data, this customer has cut backup and recovery times in half.

Another area where vProtect is impressing former Bacula users is its modern, easy-to-use web UI. According to several end-users, Bacula’s UI is cumbersome and far from intuitive. We like to say a user interface is like a joke – if you have to explain it, then it’s not a good one. Because of this, most Bacula admins perform their tasks using Linux command line. However, this may be daunting for someone who is not comfortable using Linux, or knowledgeable about Bacula infrastructure.

There appears to be a steep learning curve when it comes to configuration and administration, which may be difficult to overcome for new users if, for example, your Bacula admin leaves the company or is simply on vacation. The UI for vProtect is intuitive and clean. Most of our customers request a license, install, configure, and run the product with no need for assistance from us. It’s that easy.

Finally, vProtect has the advantage in its wide range of virtual environments and backup destinations that it supports. According to its website, among open VM environments Bacula has hypervisor support for RedHat, KVM, and ProxMox. vProtect, on the other hand, includes support for each of these hypervisors, but also several others. These include: Nutanix AHV, Oracle VM, Xen, Citrix Hypervisor (XenServer), OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, and also Kubernetes and OpenShift containers.

vProtect also offers multiple options for backup destinations. This includes local file system or NFS, existing NAS devices, DataDomain appliances, cloud locations, etc. But most importantly, vProtect is able to integrate directly with a customer’s existing enterprise backup solution like IBM Spectrum Protect, DellEMC NetWorker, Catalogic Software vStor, and Veritas NetBackup.

In conclusion, don’t get stuck spending incredible amounts of money on your VMware or Hyper-V environment just because you don’t know there are other viable options out there. Many organizations, including large enterprise companies, are deciding to make the switch to alternative, open-sourced virtualization platforms, and turning to products like vProtect to make sure that data is protected. Check out the Open Virtualization Pro blog for loads of information on open hypervisors.

If you would like to learn more about vProtect, you can request a live demo or even get a 30-day trial copy to try it for yourself. We’ll be happy to help you set things up.

We also have a pre-recorded demo available on our website if you would like to see the product in action.

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08/05/2019 0 Comments

The developers at Storware never rest on their laurels. The latest release of vProtect – v 3.8, code named Nebula — comes chock-full of cool new features and updates. vProtect is a backup and snapshot-management tool for open VMs/containers that works stand-alone or integrated with legacy backup software. If you’re not familiar with open VM backups, check out our three-minute vProtect video.

A big new addition to vProtect is support for Amazon EC2. The 3.8 release provides full backup with disk-exclusion support for any EC2-based VMs. You also get file-level restore and EC2 snapshot management.

Proxmox users are in for a treat as Nebula really beefs up the Proxmox feature set. Among the new capabilities for Proxmox environments:

  • File-level restores with mountable backups
  • Proxmox snapshot management (scheduling and retention for hypervisor snapshots)
  • Disk-exclusion on backups
  • Pre- and post-snapshot remote command execution

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) users now have the option to choose sparse or pre-allocated formats during VM restores. File restores are made easier with direct file browse and restore in the software UI. Google Cloud is now supported as a backup tier. And there’s a lot more!

Visit our vProtect product page for more details on vProtect software. Also, if you’re attending Red Hat Summit 2019 be sure to visit us in Booth #1135, where we’ll have live demos to show you.

The best way to check out vProtect is to try it for yourself. We’ve got a free 30-day trial copy you can download. Or, if you prefer a more detailed look before you test it, sign up for an on-line demo with one of our technical experts.

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04/30/2019 0 Comments

It was only three months ago that I blogged about the new vProtect release. And now it’s time for another one! Hot from the developers’ keyboards comes vProtect v 3.7, the Multiverse release. Why Multiverse? Because it’s opening up new worlds.

For starters, a big new thing is the addition of support for Kubernetes. Now with vProtect you can back up persistent volumes on your Kubernetes Deployments. For a bit more technical detail, check out this two-minute whiteboard video. With this initial release, only full backups are supported, and Pods need to be paused during backup. But this is just the start of a lot more to come on the container front.

One of my favorite new features in the release is the addition of hypervisor snapshot management. Now for VMs running on KVM, RedHat Virtualization and Citrix Xen, you can manage the hypervisor snaps, which means setting snapshot schedules and retention times in vProtect. These are not backups, but snapshots made on the hypervisor level. And this is in addition to the regular backups that vProtect supports. So you get a short-term protection option with fast restore/revert using the snaps, plus a longer-term backup to a separate target device, all managed in one place. Nice!

Some of the other new features are bringing incremental backups to the KVM universe, adding tag support for Oracle VMs (as in apply a backup policy to a VM based on a tag), and automatic protection of the vProtect database.

vProtect continues to add great new features in support of the open hypervisor market space that many other backup vendors have neglected for too long. For more information, visit our vProtect page, where you can click on the “Request a Demo” button to schedule a one-on-one product demonstration, or to request trial software so you can run it yourself. You can also watch a webinar version of this blog.

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11/15/2018 0 Comments

Today Catalogic announced that we’ve entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Storware, Inc., a Polish software company that creates some really impressive data protection products. We think this is a great fit for our two organizations, and we’re looking forward to doing some really cool things together.

In the short term, Catalogic will be delivering two Storware products into the North American market.

vProtect is an enterprise backup solution for Open VM environments such as Nutanix, Citrix, RedHat and more. While the data protection space is completely crowded with vendors offering solutions for VMware and Hyper-V, the Open VM landscape is underserved.  But hypervisors that aren’t one of the “Big Two” are growing rapidly, and users are putting vital workloads on them. These systems need to be protected.

KODO provides data protection and file sharing for endpoints and SaaS platforms. It takes on the long-standing challenge of protecting laptop data and extends that out to mobile devices like tablets and phones.  More and more, mobile workers are abandoning traditional compute platforms and doing everything on their tablets and phones. Content is not just read on the go now, it’s created on the go. Vast amounts of critical organizational data are riding in your pocket, and way too many organizations still haven’t tackled the challenge of protecting that data.

KODO is also taking on SaaS platforms. We’re starting by offering coverage for Microsoft Office 365 and the documents contained in OneDrive, but that’s just the beginning. Lots more to come in this space.

We’re really excited to be bringing these products to market. They are both built with modern components, have very easy and intuitive “app-like” interfaces, and come with REST APIs built from the ground up.

But this is more than a distribution agreement. When we first met the folks at Storware it was immediately apparently that our two organizations had a great cultural fit, and a shared vision of the technology landscape. As a result, Catalogic decided to go beyond a product agreement and we invested into Storware as a company. This gives us a shared future together, and we’re already busy planning how we can bring our individual strengths together to drive a one-plus-one-equals-three outcome.

We’ll have a lot more to say about these products in future blogs.

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06/04/2018 0 Comments

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