The Virtual Environment Integration (VE Integration) provides protection of VMs in virtual server environments. It is used o integrate HPE Data Protector with various virtualization environments, currently VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. For Citrix XenServer is a script solution available. I will focus on VMware vSphere.
What is possible?
I took this table from the “HPE Data Protector 9.00 Integration Guide for Virtualization”.
|Full/ Incremental/ Differential||✓/ ✓/ ✓|
|Support for changed block tracking (CBT)||✓|
|Where does the Data Protector component need to be installed?||backup host|
|Extra licenses needed||1x On-Line Extension per ESXi host|
As you can see, Data Protector offers all you need to create a crash-consistent backup of your VMs. HPE Data Protector relies on the VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (formerly known as VMware vStorage APIs for Data Protection or VADP). Data Protector has to use the same API as Veeam, CommVault Simpana or any other product that can be used to backup VMs in a VMware vSphere environment. Therefore, most software products offer the same features.