Why Use NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware Cloud Director Backup
Efficient VMware Cloud Director Backup
NAKIVO Backup & Replication ensures your VMware Cloud Director objects are protected and recoverable after data loss events. The solution creates app-aware, incremental backups of VMware Cloud Director objects, such as VMs and vApps, including their metadata. NAKIVO Backup & Replication performs incremental backups, copying only the data that has changed since the last backup to minimize storage space requirements and boost backup speeds.
Data Protection Automation
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can automate VMware Cloud Director data protection activities by applying policy rules to backup and replication. You can set policies to protect VMware Cloud Director VMs and vApps based on parameters such as VM or vApp name, size, location, power state and so on to save time and resources. You can also schedule backup and backup copy jobs to start at a particular time daily, weekly or monthly or link jobs so they run one after the other. The Calendar dashboard in NAKIVO Backup & Replication allows you to track past and active jobs. You can also use the dashboard to find openings for future jobs to avoid potential job overlaps.
Immutable Cloud Backups
Backups in the cloud are susceptible to threats like accidental overwriting, malicious data deletions and ransomware, which can lead to corrupted or unusable backups. NAKIVO Backup & Replication delivers S3 Object Lock integration for VMware Cloud Director backups stored in Amazon S3. When you enable the S3 Object Lock feature in the solution, your cloud backups become ransomware-proof for the duration you choose. No one can delete, modify or overwrite them, not even the root user, until the expiration of this time period.
Improved Backup Performance
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides features to help you shorten VMware Cloud Director backup windows, optimize network traffic and improve data transfer speeds. You can increase the speed of your backup jobs and reduce the amount of data sent over WAN or slow LAN links with the Network Acceleration feature. You can also regulate the data transfer speed over the network with Advanced Bandwidth Throttling to limit the amount of bandwidth consumed and avoid any impact on your production environment. To boost backup and replication speeds and reduce the load on your network even further, you can choose LAN-free data transfer modes like HotAdd or Direct SAN access.
With backups of VMware Cloud Director objects stored locally, offsite or in the cloud, you can perform instant granular recoveries of individual files and application objects directly from compressed and deduplicated VM and vApp backups. Supported applications include Microsoft SQL, Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, among others. Just locate the item you need and recover it to the original or a different location. You can also recover entire VMs and vApps from backups to the VMware Cloud Director hierarchy.
Efficient Data Reduction Technologies
NAKIVO Backup & Replication provides built-in data reduction technologies such as swap data exclusion, data deduplication and compression to minimize storage footprint and speed up data transfer times. The solution automatically excludes swap files and unused blocks during the VMware Cloud Director backup process. For further data reduction, NAKIVO Backup & Replication can automatically deduplicate VMware Cloud Director backups with Global Deduplication across the backup repository. These deduplicated blocks are further compressed for storage space optimization.
Simple Backup Administration
While providing multiple automation features to simplify and streamline data protection activities, NAKIVO Backup & Replication also allows you to offload backup and recovery of VMware Cloud Director objects to clients. The solution allows you to use role-based access control (RBAC) to assign roles and grant specific permissions to tenants (clients) and allows them to access the Self-Service Portal. Tenants are completely isolated and can only see their own workloads and data protection activities. Clients can easily run their own backups and granular reveries using the intuitive web interface.
Guaranteed Recovery with Backup Copy
With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can create backup copies of your VMware Cloud Director VMs and vApps to ensure they remain safe and recoverable at all times. To apply the 3-2-1 backup rule, you need to create three copies of workloads, with two copies stored on different media and at least one copy located offsite or in the cloud. NAKIVO Backup & Replication, enables you to send your backups offsite, to tape or public clouds (Amazon S3, Azure, Wasabi) and avoid a single point of failure.
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