VMware vSphere Backup Solutions

The Solution Overview

As your VMware environment continues to be critical to your business, uptime is now more important than ever. However, VMware backups have their challenges. VMs are getting larger, making it more difficult to meet recovery objectives. Storage technologies are changing quickly and adding more features and performance every few months. That’s great, but it’s difficult to keep up with them all.

That’s why Unitrends has partnered with VMware to reduce complexity in your environment while keeping you and your business running and productive. Unitrends VMware management capabilities are deeply integrated with vCenter and other VMware platforms. Unitrends protection for VMware VMs, including ESXi and agent support for ESXi Free, is optimized for low recovery point objective (RPO) and near-zero recovery time objective (RTO) while offering enterprise-level business continuity. Unitrends provides full VMware vSphere support, including:

  • Network block device (NBD) compression
  • Virtual Machine File System (VMFS) version 8 datastores
  • VMware Virtual Volumes (VVOLs)
  • Backup and replication of fault-tolerant virtual machines (VMs)
  • vSAN 6.6
  • Storage Policy-Based Management (SPBM)

Hypervisor and Guest-Level VMware Backup

Unitrends helps VMware users meet their RTOs, RPOs, and retention requirements with both hypervisor and guest level protection. You protect just what’s needed, whether it’s an entire VM, a file or just a single database. All VMware backup options provide application-level awareness to ensure data consistency as well as instant recovery and global deduplication for fast recovery and maximum retention.

Unitrends also offers application-aware backups for VMware VMs running Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, SharePoint and SQL, without requiring agents in every VM.

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SLA Policy Automation

Managing VMware backups is more complex these days. You have multiple copies, long-term retention, more data being moved off-site and no one wants to experience an downtime. Earlier, all this required a task-oriented approach to backup management that left you with no clue about the impact of an outage.

Now, Unitrends SLA Policy Automation solves this complexity for VMware users. You can set up all aspects of VMware backup, replication and archiving in a single step based on a simple RPO policy. Unitrends automates the entire process, including the analytics for recovery times, giving you clear, provable RPO and RTO data.

Policy-Based Dynamic VM Inclusion

Easily manage changes to your environment. Dynamic detection and inclusion of new virtual machines incorporate new VMs into a protection policy without any manual intervention. The policies can be at the virtual machine level or a virtual element level (data store, cluster, host, resource pool, folder, etc.).

Predictive Analytics Make IT Resilient

Ransomware is a daily threat. Some ransomware variants will delay notifying users of an attack so it can spread and infect as many files as possible. Unitrends ransomware protection functionality uses machine learning and predictive analytics to detect a ransomware infection at the onset. This lets you restore quickly and stop the ransomware before it spreads.

Unitrends also leverages predictive analytics to monitor the health and performance of Unitrends Recovery Series backup appliances and Unitrends Backup software. Customer Support will monitor your systems and reach out with replacement parts and software enhancements even before you know your appliance has an issue.

Cloud Disaster Recovery for VMware

VMware backups can be used as part of a cloud-empowered disaster recovery and business continuity program. All Unitrends Recovery Series hardware and Unitrends Backup virtual appliances include cloud integration so you can easily benefit from cloud-based Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) that reduces downtime in the event of a major outage. Recover your VMware backups with Unitrends Cloud and our white glove DRaaS services.

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Optimized WAN and Storage Performance

Built on the proprietary adaptive deduplication algorithms and advanced resilient methods (secure tunneling, flow control and caching), on-premises VMware backup data is transferred to a private or public cloud over a WAN up to 100x faster.

To reduce the impact on local applications, Unitrends leverages the high-speed storage fabric for backing up the data, thereby reducing the load on the network. If the storage fabric is not accessible, it dynamically performs the backup over the network.

Sized For Your Business

Unitrends VMware solutions are available for small and large environments. Easily scale out with the industry-leading all-in-one appliance, Unitrends Recovery Series, or our Award-winning software appliance, Unitrends Backup.


Unitrends has been able to provide us with peace of mind that we will be able to restore data in case of emergency and enabled us to lower our RTO and RPO significantly. The appliances and services are stable and reliable. Our Unitrends appliance literally paid for itself after being able to restore the 2 million+ files affected by ransomware earlier this year.

Erica Reyes

Director of IT

EXCO Engineering

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