Backs up virtual machines, and so much more
Michael Timms | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 16, 2018

Backs up virtual machines, and so much more

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced

VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced is used mainly to create backups of virtual machines and virtual servers for disaster recovery needs. However, this is just the beginning of the capabilities that it has. Natively it can also back up virtual databases and with plugin support, it can back up Microsoft Sharepoint and Exchange servers, and SQL databases.
  • Maintains backups of all virtual systems for disaster recovery compliance.
  • Supports plugins for backups of Microsoft systems.
  • As with most VMware products vSphere is incredibly easy to use.
  • Reports are too complex, could be made clearer.
  • The interface could be simplified.
  • Backups of physical servers take a very long time.
  • Virtual machines and servers are backed up and secure
  • DR compliance is met
  • Multiple platforms backed up to a central location
  • CloudBacko
CloudBacko is the only similar product that I have used, and while it worked by backing up my virtual machines to Google Drive, VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced not only backs up the virtual machines, buton databases, physical servers and more, and backs them up to a centralized location, and has 24/7 live support.
VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced is well suited for a thin client environment, and/or an environment that runs multiple virtual servers. It is also well suited for an environment with disaster recover requirements that require backups of everything. vSphere is very expensive, so it would probably not be a very good choice for a startup that could use a cheaper alternative in the beginning, or a physical machine environment.

vDPA Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
10
Live recovery
9
Recovery verification
10
Business application protection
10
Multiple backup destinations
Not Rated
Incremental backup identification
Not Rated
Backup to the cloud
Not Rated
Deduplication and file compression
Not Rated
Snapshots
9
Flexible deployment
Not Rated
Management dashboard
8
Platform support
10
Retention options
9
Encryption
Not Rated