Virtual Machine Protection and Recovery for Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)
You can use Commvault to back up and recover virtual machines (VMs) that are hosted in a cluster for the Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV). A Nutanix cluster includes at least three hosts that provide computing and storage resources, with data replicated in the cluster for high availability. You can assign virtual machines that are hosted on a cluster to protection domains. Within a protection domain, You can group VMs into consistency groups.
You can perform full, incremental, differential, or synthetic full backups of virtual machines. The first backup of a virtual machine is always a full backup, regardless of the backup type you select. By default, backups are application consistent. If an application-consistent backup cannot be performed, a crash-consistent backup is performed instead.
Nutanix AHV supports streaming backups and IntelliSnap backups.
Commvault data protection operations are managed from the CommCell Console. You can use the CommCell Console to configure a Nutanix virtualization client and other entities that support operations.
A Nutanix virtualization client is the access point for a Nutanix cluster. You must define a virtualization client for each Nutanix cluster and provide credentials that enable you to connect to a Nutanix Controller VM (CVM) in the cluster.
Note: You use the Nutanix virtualization client only to protect virtual machines that run in the Nutanix AHV. To support other hypervisors that run on a Nutanix cluster (such as VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V), configure a virtualization client for that hypervisor.
When you create a Nutanix virtualization client, the Commvault software automatically creates a Nutanix instance, a backup set, and a default subclient that you can use to protect all virtual machines in the cluster. You can create additional subclients to perform separate protection operations for different groups of virtual machines. For example, you can create a different subclient for each Nutanix protection domain, and use the default subclient to protect any VMs that are not assigned to a protection domain.