Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

You can use the Virtual Server Agent to back up and recover instances for a Google Cloud service account.

Key Features



Additional information

Agentless backups and restores

Install the Virtual Server Agent on a GCP instance to act as a VSA proxy. A VSA proxy manages backup and restore operations for guest instances in your environment, eliminating the need to install agents on guest instances.

Deployment Planning

System Requirements

"Incremental forever" data protection

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



You can restore full instances (virtual machines) or guest files and folders.


Simplified operational interface

The web-based Command Center interface uses smart defaults to simplify configuration and support streamlined operations.

Command Center

Self service for end users

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

Web Console

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 Google Cloud Platform service account. You can perform backups and restores from the virtualization client, and perform other administrative tasks such as creating schedules and generating reports.

Creating a Virtualization Client

Automatic protection for all instances

By default, all instances are automatically selected for backup, to ensure that all instances are backed up.

Subclient Configuration

Cost management

Reduce costs by using storage tiering, deduplication, and power management.

Tiered Storage for Extended Retention using Cloud Libraries

Cloud MediaAgent Power Management

Customized filters

To exclude instances from backups, you can create rules to filter instances.

Defining Filters


You can view detailed information about each backed up instance, including information such as size of the data, guest operating system, and the host on which the instance is running.

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 instances 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