Protecting the VMware Environment with IBM Spectrum Protect

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 25 December 2017, updated 08 January 2018

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ISBN-10: 0738456411
ISBN-13: 9780738456416
IBM Form #: REDP-5252-00
(280 pages)

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Authors: Mikael Lindstrom, Julien Sauvanet, Pol Vander Eyken, Sean Sperry, Nathan Best, Rennad Murugan


While backup is a topic of much discussion, development, and strategy, the name of the game is rapid recovery. Given the explosive growth of data in our Client environments, there is a need to provide solutions to our Clients that meet their recovery time objective and recovery point objective needs.

Traditional backups of files, databases, and similar objects sent across networks (LAN or SAN) to backup servers provide a degree of recoverability, but the speed of backup and recovery is constrained by resource capacity (server, network, storage, and so on). This results in longer backup and recovery times. Data growth is steadily making the problem worse. A new approach to rapid recovery is required to meet requirements of single file recoveries and recoveries of large data sets.

The new approach is snapshot technology. The ability to make point-in-time snapshots with limited impact to the application while rapidly recovering large data sets by reverting to a snapshot greatly reduces the recovery time for these data sets.

This IBM® Redbooks® publication has been written to identify the IBM software that enhances the ability to deliver rapid recovery and gives directions and procedures to design, install, configure, and use IBM Spectrum™ Protect for Virtual Environments and IBM Spectrum Protect™ Snapshot for VMware. While the two products work hand in hand to provide a comprehensive protection to VMware environments, the two products are separate and are installed and configured separately.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Architecture corner
Chapter 2. Product introduction
Chapter 3. Installation roadmap
Chapter 4. Installation and configuration
Chapter 5. Virtual machine backup
Chapter 6. Backup scheduling
Chapter 7. Virtual environment recovery
Chapter 8. Reporting
Chapter 9. Disaster recovery
Chapter 10. Problem determination and FAQs
Appendix A. Install and setup

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