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5 Backup Products for Virtual Machines

Sep 13, 2011, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Hess)

[ Thanks to Amy Newman for this link. ]

"1. VMware Consolidated Backup: VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) includes a small set of utilities that allows administrators to backup virtual machines via the command line. Originally, VMware provided VCB utilities and the associated application programming interface (API) so third-party vendors could build snapshot-based backup software. VCB features easy installation and integration with VMware's framework. It is part of the ESX product line. VCB is not included as of VMware 4.1. Going forward, VMware has decided to remove the backup utilities from its product and extend the original API into four separate vStorage APIs. There is no direct analog to VCB under the new system. In other words, to use this, you'll have to purchase a third-party backup suite for your virtual machine backup and restore needs."

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