New Features for Virtualization in Commvault Platform Release 2022E

Common Virtual Server Agent Framework

File Indexing for Additional Hypervisors

Using the Command Center, you can now file index virtual machines using Indexing Version 2 for the following hypervisors:

  • Alibaba Cloud streaming backup

  • Google Cloud Platform streaming backup

  • Oracle Cloud Infrastructure streaming backup

  • vCloud Director streaming backup

For more information, see File Indexing Version 2.

Linux Proxy Can File Index a Windows Virtual Machine

If a Windows virtual machine has a basic disk and an NTFS file system, a Linux proxy can file index the VM.

For more information, see the following:

Amazon Web Services

Use Amazon EC2 C7g Instances Powered by AWS Graviton3 for Commvault Data Management

You can now create Commvault cloud access nodes on Amazon EC2 C7g instances running the latest Amazon Linux 2 release. Amazon EC2 C7g instances are powered by the latest generation of AWS Graviton3 processors and deliver up to 25% better performance over Graviton2-based C6g instances.

You can use Amazon EC2 C7g instances to perform cloud-native protection for Amazon EC2, EBS, EFS, FSx for Lustre, S3, Aurora (including Aurora serverless), RDS, EKS, Redshift, DynamoDB, and DocumentDB services in both multiregion and cross-account environments.

At the time of writing, Commvault is publishing its Cloud Access Node BYOL ARM in AWS Marketplace for use in automatic scaling of your cloud access nodes. This allows Commvault to automatically create, power-down, and terminate your instances in accordance with your business policy. You will also be able to deploy Graviton3-powered Commvault MediaAgents and/or cloud access nodes directly from the AWS Marketplace.

For more information, see Deploying Commvault from AWS Marketplace.

Virtual Machine Conversion (Cross-Hypervisor Restores)

Convert and Replicate Additional Guest OSes to AWS Destinations

Commvault has expanded the list of guest OSes that you can convert from VMware, Azure, and Hyper-V to AWS. The list of guest OSes has also expanded for Disaster Recovery from VMware to AWS. You can securely migrate additional guest operating systems when you perform self-service, Commvault orchestrated migration, and Disaster Recovery from on-premises to Amazon EC2 instances.

For more information, see Cross-Hypervisor Restores (VM Conversion).

Google Cloud Platform

Associate Nodes or Node Groups with a Restored Google Cloud Platform Instance

While performing a full, out-of-place restore for Google Cloud Platform, you can select the nodes or node groups you want to associate with the restored instance. For more information, see the following:

Run Startup Scripts on Google Cloud Platform Instances Using Custom Metadata

You can run startup scripts on restored or converted Google Cloud Platform instances using custom metadata.

To enable startup scripts on Google Cloud Platform, configure the Custom metadata settings during out of place restores. For more information, see the following:


Encrypt Azure VMs Using a Different DES Than Its Source

You can restore existing Azure VMs or convert other hypervisor VMs to Azure using a different disk encryption set (DES) than their source.

To encrypt a VM with a different DES, you must select the relevant encryption type and set during out of place restores. For more information, see the following:

Hardware Security Module (HSM) for Google Cloud Platform

You can use HSM protection with a customer-managed encryption key for streaming backups, IntelliSnap backups, and backup copies of Google Cloud Platform. For more information, see the following:

Support for Azure-Managed VMs with Locked Azure Resources

Locked Azure resource groups can prevent the creation and deletion of snapshots during backup.

To enable backups and restores for a VM in a locked resource group, select an alternative, unlocked resource group in the VM group settings. For more information, see the following:

Use Changed Block Tracking for Azure Disk Encryption

You can now use changed block tracking (CBT) on Azure ADE encrypted VMs.

CBT enhances the backup performance of Azure virtual disks by comparing the changed blocks between Azure virtual disks snapshots. With this comparison, CBT for Azure provides better backup performance than traditional cyclic redundancy check (CRC) backups.

CBT is enabled by default and is applied to incremental backup and backup copy job types. It is available within Commvault Command Center and from the CommCell Console.

For more information, see the following:

Restores and Cross-Hypervisor Restores

Convert an Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machine to a Google Cloud Platform Instance

When you restore an Azure Resource Manager virtual machine from a backup, you can restore it as a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) instance.

For more information, see Converting to Google Cloud Platform.


Disaster Recovery for VMware VMs Using EBS Direct APIs

Commvault Disaster Recovery now leverages Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) direct APIs to perform VMware to Amazon EC2 periodic replication. Amazon EBS direct APIs allow the creation of EBS snapshots directly, removing the need to create and attach volumes to the cloud access node in the destination region.

EBS direct API-powered periodic replication enables full instance VMware to Amazon EC2 restores within the same region, across regions, and across accounts.

For more information, see Periodic VM Replication Using Amazon EBS Direct APIs