Backup from AHV

  • 26 February 2017
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Hi everyone, considering AHV hypervisor, which are the possible options to backup the virtual machines? As far as I know, the only certified backup software is commvault... but I was wondering if AHV/prism can do vm-level backup and which are the features (guest/application consistency, possibility to file level restore ecc....) and differences compared to Commvault. Thank you

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Only 3rd party backup today is commvault.
AHV can do hardware-based snapshots with VSS and replicate them to 2nd site. The 2nd site can be our 1155 which is 1 node system. File level restore works as well in AHV but there is no indexing. You can have different retention policy on the local and the remote cluster.
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Thank you! So can you confirm me that 1155 could be the replication and backup target from AHV (and maybe vmware) and there isn't the possibility to use an alternative repository destination for backup (for example a 3rd party NAS) unless the use of Commvault?
Thank you again
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the 1155 is a one to one relationship, if you want to backup mutiple clusters you can use a cluster of storage only nodes. you can use other third party software put it would have to be with agents today.
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hey Nhio - Thanks for reaching out, noticed this one isn't marked as solved, do you have any other questions on this matter?
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Thankfully, Veeam is getting on board with full support for Acropolis this year. A quick search will show you lots of reports of this partnership.
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AHV Backup options -> http://itbloodpressure.com/2017/07/04/will-dr-and-backup-power-ahv-sales-to-50/
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Try this certified solution recently announced at .Next 2017 Washigton DC. (HYCU)
I've tried it and works fine for me. I have 122 VMs on production environmnet.
https://www.comtradesoftware.com/data-protection/hycu-for-nutanix/
Nhio wrote:Hi everyone, considering AHV hypervisor, which are the possible options to backup the virtual machines? As far as I know, the only certified backup software is commvault... but I was wondering if AHV/prism can do vm-level backup and which are the features (guest/application consistency, possibility to file level restore ecc....) and differences compared to Commvault. Thank you
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We are backing up my AHV VMs locally on same cluster. We have 2 blocks with total 8 nodes.

Need to know if we can create separate Storage Container and take snapshots on it ?
Or there is any other way wherein I can segragate my backup storage from production storage within the same cluster.
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The only way to that would be to create different storage pools and I wouldn't recommend that. Why not get a 1 node backup or something 3rd party? You really don't want your backups on the same storage increase something happens. I know this always isn't easy due to various reasons.
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The only way to that would be to create different storage pools and I wouldn't recommend that. Why not get a 1 node backup or something 3rd party? You really don't want your backups on the same storage increase something happens. I know this always isn't easy due to various reasons.
Just a quick question in regards to this.

Has there been any update on official 3rd party vendors that will support AHV backups? i have heard various sayings that Veeam, Arcserve and a few others will/are planning to do this but no set date. I am looking to get Nutanix but need some advise on what the best backup of virtual machines would be on AHV without the need for agents.
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For AHV & vSphere VMs, go with HYCU....
Anyone here looked at Cohesity as another backup solution? Looking to get this, Commvault is too expensive for us.
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Anyone here looked at Cohesity as another backup solution? Looking to get this, Commvault is too expensive for us.

We have recently deployed Cohesity and we are very very happy with it. We use Nutanix AHV and Cohesity does support this hypervisor. There a few minor elements that aren't in the AHV support yet, but they weren't a deal breaker.
May I know what are this minor element?
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Another great option (and far less expensive compared to Commvault) for Acropolis backups is vProtect by Catalogic Software. The best part about it for us is that it integrates directly with our existing IBM Spectrum Protect environment. I can push the VM backups straight into Spectrum Protect for storage. It can also backup directly to NFS, Local File System, and several other destinations.I can even manage my snapshot schedule from the UI as well.

https://catalogicsoftware.com/products/vprotect
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Another great option (and far less expensive compared to Commvault) for Acropolis backups is vProtect by Catalogic Software. The best part about it for us is that it integrates directly with our existing IBM Spectrum Protect environment. I can push the VM backups straight into Spectrum Protect for storage. It can also backup directly to NFS, Local File System, and several other destinations.I can even manage my snapshot schedule from the UI as well.

https://catalogicsoftware.com/products/vprotect

 

I am looking into this as I came from using Cloudberry on ESXi to the not great Data Protection built into Nutanix. This is the most cost effective solution I’ve found so far. Just about to start a trial.

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Just to update after talking with some vendors.

 

Cohesity looks like they have the best solution but are really expensive. Hyperconverged backup that requires at least 3 nodes. Can also natively backup O365 data.

Unitrends will probably the cheapest for us since they can write to cloud storage.  We would have to run an appliance in house. This does add to our backup protection.

Catalogic vProtect won’t work for us as they can not natively compress or dedup directly to the cloud. The data has to be dedup’d and compressed before they get it. I showed teh their flaw in that thinking if you were coming right from Nutanix through vProtect to the cloud. They said they would take that use case back to development.

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