Virtualization

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Common Virtual Server Agent Framework

Specify Access Nodes for a VM Group

You can add access nodes (VSA proxies) to an existing VM group. If access nodes are specified for a VM group, only those access nodes are used to perform backups for the VM group. Access nodes that are specified for the hypervisor configuration are not used for backups, unless those access nodes are also specified for the VM group.

For restores, access nodes for the hypervisor or VM group are used.

For more information, see the "Adding Access Nodes for a VM Group" page in the Configuration section for the hypervisor (for example, Adding Access Nodes for a VM Group - Alibaba).

Amazon Web Services

Direct Read Backups for AWS EC2 Instances and EBS Volumes

Direct read backups improve backups for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Block Storage (EBS) volumes by leveraging the newly-announced Amazon EBS direct APIs. Direct read backups read data off the EBS snapshots directly, without the need to create and attach volumes to the access node. This enhancement provides improved recovery point objectives (RPOs), faster backups, and reduced backup costs.

For more information, see Direct Read Backups for Amazon.

Specify the Volume Type and Encryption Key Type for AWS During Restores and Conversion

To optimize storage configuration, specify the required Amazon EBS volume type and encryption key during full instance restores and conversion to Amazon. Specifying an encryption key ensures the data remains encrypted from source to destination.

For more information, see the following topics:

Specify the Amazon EBS Volume Type and Amazon KMS Encryption Key for AWS Live Sync Replication

When Amazon EC2 instances are replicated to a different region or to a different Availability Zone, the business purpose and the operational team of the EC2 instances often change.

To optimize the cost and performance of the replicated EC2 instances, you can customize the destination Amazon EBS volume type. Also, you can encrypt or re-encrypt the destination Amazon EBS volume with an Amazon KMS key that is different from the KMS key used by the source EBS volume. Data in transit between the source and the destination is always encrypted.

For more information, see the following topics:

Use a Region-Wide AWS Access Node to Perform a Full Volume and a Full Instance Optimized Recovery

You can perform a HotAdd recovery if one or more EBS volumes are attached to an AWS access node for restores.

You can use the HotAdd recovery method for a full volume restore, for a VM conversion, or for a VM live sync replication. This feature allows you to perform a HotAdd recovery by using an access node residing in any Availability Zone (AZ), within the restore region.

For example, if the AWS access node is in us-east-1b, you can use it to perform HotAdd restores in us-east-1a,b,c,d,e,f. This ability drastically reduces the amount of infrastructure required to perform a multi-AZ recovery, and, therefore, the cloud runtime costs.

For more information, see the following topics:

Google Cloud Platform

Backup and Restore Encrypted GCP Instance Disks

You can back up and restore GCP instance disks that are encrypted with a customer-managed encryption key.

Customer-managed encryption keys are generated using the Google Cloud Key Management Service.

For more information, see Backups for Google Cloud Platform.

Use a JSON File for GCP Service Account Authentication

You can add a new GCP hypervisor to your environment using a JSON file for the service account authentication.

In addition, you can edit hypervisors that were added in previous releases (currently configured to use a P12 private key for service account authentication), to use a JSON file for service account authentication.

For more information, see Adding a Google Cloud Platform Hypervisor.

Microsoft Azure

Specify the Disk Type for the Azure Restored VM

For Azure managed disks, you can specify a disk type (Standard HDD, Standard SSD, or Premium SSD) for the Azure restored VM in full virtual machine restore, conversion and replication operations.

This is especially useful in managing storage and associated costs in your environment.

For more information, see the following topics:

Automatically Scale Azure Access Nodes

You can use the automatic scaling feature to launch access nodes in Azure only when you need to back up VMs, and then decommission the access nodes soon after you use them. This feature reduces the amount of time that you use Azure access nodes for backup, and can also reduce the cost of using them.

For more information, see Automatic Scaling for Azure Access Nodes.

Microsoft Azure Stack Hub

Application-Aware Backups of Azure Stack Hub Virtual Machines

You can perform application-aware backups for virtual machines that run on Microsoft Azure Stack Hub.

This feature is supported for both streaming and IntelliSnap backups. You can perform application-aware backups of Azure Stack HubVMs from the Command Center.

For more information, see Application-Aware Backups.

Replication (Live Sync)

Use the Replication Wizard to Configure Replication for Azure Stack Hub

You can configure replication for VMware VMs to Azure Stack Hub destination sites using a replication wizard that simplifies and streamlines the configuration process. The replication wizard guides you through the process of setting up source and destination sites for disaster recovery (DR), helping you manage storage, network settings, data transport, and secondary copies.

For more information, see the following topics:

vCloud Director

Virtual Server Agent Supports vCloud Director 10.1

For vCloud Director hypervisors, you can back up and restore virtual machines that run in vCloud Director 10.1.

This support is available for Feature Release 20 and more recent feature releases.

For more information, see vCloud Director: System Requirements.

Use the Commvault Plug-In with vCloud Director Version 10.1

You can use the Commvault Plug-In for VMware vCloud Director with VMware vCloud Director version 10.1. With this plug-in, you can easily integrate your organization with the Commvault software, which administrators and tenants use for VM data protection and management.

The Commvault Plug-In for VMware vCloud Director Version 11 with Service Pack 20 and more recent versions have been certified to work with VMware vCloud Director version 10.1.

For more information, see Plug-In.

Virtual Machine Conversion (Cross-Hypervisor Restores)

Convert Instances from Amazon to Azure

When you restore an Amazon instance from a backup, you can restore it as an Azure VM.

For more information, see Converting to Azure.

Convert Instances from Amazon to VMware

When you restore an Amazon instance from a backup, you can restore it as a VMware virtual machine.

For more information, see Converting to VMware.

Convert Virtual Machines from Google Cloud Platform to VMware

When you restore a Google Cloud Platform virtual machine (VM) from a backup, you can restore it as a VMware VM.

For more information, see Converting to VMware.

VMware

Google Cloud VMware Engine Certified

Commvault support for Google Cloud VMware Engine has been certified by Google for Feature Release 22 and more recent feature releases.

From the Command Center, you can deploy Commvault to protect workloads running in Google Cloud VMware Engine. The vCenter and hosts reside on high-performance servers in the Google Cloud datacenter.

For more information, see Google Cloud VMware Engine.

VMware Cloud on AWS Validated for SDDC Version 1.13

Commvault has validated VMware Cloud on AWS with SDDC version 1.13, for all active Commvault service packs and feature releases (from Service Pack 16).

For more information, see Support for VMware Cloud on AWS.