Commvault provides data protection and recovery for Docker containers and images. You can perform streaming backups for Docker.

Docker is an open source application virtualization platform that supports UNIX-based containers.

Key Features



Additional information

Agentless backups and restores

Install the Virtual Server Agent on a Linux machine to act as a VSA proxy. A VSA proxy manages backup and restore operations for containers and images in your environment, eliminating the need to install agents on containers and images.


System Requirements

"Incremental forever" data protection

After an initial full backup, you can perform ongoing incremental backups to capture changes for the source.

You can perform ongoing incremental backups of containers only. When you back up images, they are full backups.



You can restore full containers and images.


Self service for end users

The Web Console provides self service options for end users and groups.

Web Console

Container provisioning

End users can use the Web Console to provision containers based on pre-defined templates.

VM Lifecycle Management

Advanced administration

The CommCell Console provides advanced options for Commvault operations.

Using the CommCell Console, you can configure a virtualization client that serves as a single point of administration for a Docker host. You can perform backups and restores from the virtualization client, and perform other administrative tasks such as creating schedules and generating reports.

Creating a Docker Client

Automatic protection for all containers and images

By default, all containers and images are automatically selected for backup, to ensure that all containers and images are backed up.

Default Subclient Coverage


You can view detailed information about each backed up container or image.

Reports for Virtual Server Agents

Commvault Platform Features

The following features are available throughout Commvault and are not limited to the Virtual Server Agent.



Additional information

Policy-driven data protection

Policies drive operations to meet service level agreements (SLAs).

Schedule Policies

Storage Policies

Subclient Policies

Monitoring Policies

Block-level deduplication

Block-level deduplication compares blocks of data during backups. If containers or images contain identical blocks of data, block-level deduplication eliminates the storage of redundant data and reduces the size of data in storage.

Deduplication Overview

Built-in compression

Commvault storage policies automatically enable compression to reduce the quantity of data sent to storage.

Data Compression

Data Compression for VSA