There are two backup modes available for VMware virtual machine backup:
For VDDK backup mode, CloudBacko Pro must be installed on a supported Windows operating system platform.
For VM on free version of VMware hosts, backup is performed in non-VDDK mode. Backup in non-VDDK mode produces a backup chain that consists of a full file and a set of delta files:
During a subsequent backup in non-VDDK mode, VM files are streamed to CloudBacko Pro for delta generation:
|Pros||Free version of ESXi is supported.|
|Cons||Slower backup speed for subsequent backup compared to VDDK backup, as a result of having the entire VM backed up every time regardless of the actual used size.|
For VM on VMware host on Enterprise Standard, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus Edition, backup is performed in VDDK mode. Backup in VDDK mode produces a backup chain that consists of a full VDDK file and a set of VDDK incremental files.
During a subsequent backup in VDDK mode, CloudBacko Pro queries CBT through VADP (vSphere APIs for Data Protection) to request for transmission of all altered blocks since the last backup.
As there is no need to stream the VM files through CloudBacko Pro for delta generation, backup in VDDK mode will greatly enhance the speed of subsequent backup.
|Pros||Faster backup speed for subsequent backups compared to non-VDDK backup, as a result of backing up only the used size of your VM instead of the entire machine to enhance backup efficiency. This also helps with minimizing the storage size requirement and saving storage cost.|
|Cons||Require paid license, i.e. VMware Essentials License for usage of vSphere API.|
|Full Backup||Used data size of guest||Provisioned data size of guest|
|Incremental / Differential||Generated by VMware Host using CBT||Generated by CloudBacko Pro on the staging machine using in-file delta|
|Storage Size||Uses less storage quota||Uses more storage quota|
|Storage Cost||Lower storage cost||Higher storage cost|
|Backup Speed||Faster backup speed due to smaller data size||Slower backup speed due to larger data size|
|Run Direct Support||YES||NO|
|Restore from VDDK to VMDK format||YES||NO|
|CloudBacko Pro on Windows Platform||YES||YES|
|CloudBacko Pro on Non Windows Platform||NO||YES|