Use vProtect to back up data from your virtualization platforms. You can back up data to and recover data from local filesystem or an NFS/CIFS share, object storage (cloud providers) or enterprise backup providers like Dell EMC, IBM, Veritas.
vProtect consists of 2 main components:
vProtect Server - central point of vProtect management, provides administrative Web UI, APIs and is a central repository of metadata.
vProtect Node - data mover that performs backups, restores and mounts:
multiple nodes can be deployed for scalability or other reasons,
all nodes are managed by the server and need to be registered to the server.
vProtect Server and Node can be installed on the same host
The Server can be installed on a physical machine or VM - externally deployed nodes require network connectivity to the Server and PowerProtect DD target(s).
Nodes may be deployed as physical or virtual systems, unless selected backup strategy requires the Node to be installed as a VM on a Hypervisor Cluster (especially when the "disk attachment" export mode is mentioned).
Both components are installed on a CentOS/RHEL 8 minimal.
For detailed deployment scenarios refer to the following sections:
There are several standard workflows in vProtect and they result in a set of tasks:
Export - task that creates snapshot and exports data to the staging space
Store - task that moves data to the backup destination
Restore to filesystem
Restore - a task that gets data from a backup provider and puts data in the staging space
Restore to virtualization platform
Restore - a task that gets data from a backup provider and puts data in the staging space (if it is a full backup that is being restored residing on the file system backup provider - this task just informs where files are waiting for import task)
Import - task that imports data to the virtualization platform and recreates VM
Restore for mount (file-level restore)
Restore - a task that gets data from a backup provider and puts data in the staging space (if it is a full backup that is being restored residing on the file system backup provider - this task just informs where files are waiting for mount task)
Mount - mounts backup on the vProtect Node and either allows user to browse files or exposes backup over iSCSI, so that remote iSCSI initiator can access it)
Snapshot - a task that creates a local persisted snapshot of a VM in the hypervisor environment according to a policy that was assigned to the VM - snapshots that are no longer needed (according to the policy) will be removed