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Druva Expands Its Data Protection Capabilities with Hyper-V Support

Nikhil Sarode

For companies that want to protect their Hyper-V environments and the ever-growing amount of structured and unstructured data that reside in them, there still too often exists an ineffective, on-premises secondary storage architecture that has been created to try and meet their needs. This architecture is complex and comes with heavy administrative overhead and infrastructure costs. To address this issue, the virtual machine (VM) backup capabilities of the Druva Cloud Platform have been extended to support Microsoft Hyper-V VMs.

According to IDC, Hyper-V now accounts for more than 40% market share.

Druva’s Hyper-V environment support was designed to address the following needs:

  • Hyper-V host-level or image-level backups —A legacy guest operating system (OS) often experiences problems with agent-based backups, such as upgrades, troubleshooting failures, and guest OS overhead, especially in large environments.
  • Simple recovery of full VMs — With legacy solutions, the full VM recovery process is complex and time-consuming. Administrators are often required to launch a completely new VM, install the original applications, restore the system state, and then finally restore the application data.
  • Application consistency — Previously adopted tools often employ OS crash consistency, which is not sufficient. Application consistency is what’s needed and can be maintained by integrating with Hyper-V VSS services within the guest OS during the backup.
  • Seamless scalability — As data grows in size, the backup windows need to adapt. Older solutions will employ static backup windows, which don’t address this reality. A combination of forever incremental backups and global deduplication ensures that the data footprint over the network is smaller and backups are faster. This can be further improved by leveraging Resilient Change Tracking (RCT) for Win 2016.

Listening to Our Customers

The issues listed above were evident at one of Druva’s larger customers, the Port of New Orleans, which is at the heart of one of the world’s busiest port systems. The port’s aging backup infrastructure for its Hyper-V environment was a legacy, manual-intensive system that was inefficient on multiple levels. It could take hours or, in some cases, days to retrieve files. Additionally, because the data was not centralized, employees had to spend valuable time moving around to various off-site locations to get their jobs done.

In the past, “a typical day at the Port of New Orleans before was spending a lot of time with aging infrastructure.” said David Cordell, Chief Technology Officer of the port. “For our backup infrastructure, it would take hours, in some cases days to retrieve files. We would have to move from one system to another system before we could just restore it to its original location.”

Druva’s Cloud Approach for Hyper-V Environments

The Druva Cloud Platform provides easily consumable cloud scalability combined with a true pay-as-you SaaS consumption model. We’ve learned from our customers that they need critical capabilities like host-level and image-level backups, Hyper-V VSS integration services and forever incremental backups, and global deduplication across on-premises infrastructure and cloud VMs. We ensure that your data footprint over the network is smaller and backups are faster.

The Druva Hyper-V agent resides on the Hyper-V host and performs image-level backups of the VMs, which eliminates the need to install the agent software on each guest OS.

The key features include:

  • Forever incremental backups with source-side global deduplication
  • Application-consistent backups through integration with Microsoft VSS framework
  • Support for all Hyper-V storage deployments including the local and cluster-shared volumes and Server Message Block (SMB)
  • Flexible restore options, such as restoring the entire virtual machines or individual disks and restoring data to the original host or to an alternate host
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Druva provides our customers with the ability to recover VMs in the cloud or alternate sites for workload mobility.

Protecting your Hyper-V VMs with Druva involves these three simple steps:

  1. Deploy a host-level agent and register a Hyper-V host with Druva. You can register a Hyper-V host as a standalone host or as a cluster or System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). Registering as a cluster or SCVMM ensures that your VMs are seamlessly and automatically protected, even as they migrate from one host to another.
  2. Select VMs and add a backup policy to them. A backup policy allows you to define a schedule for backups along with several other options like bandwidth throttling, backup retries, disk exclusions, etc. You can also use this policy to define a retention period for the backups.
  3. Start backing up!

No Hardware, No Software, No Hassle

You do not have to purchase any new hardware or additional software in order to start using Druva. Simply configure your environment, and you’ll have global reach and scale at your fingertips in minutes. Druva can radically lower your data protection costs by up to 60% compared to legacy data protection strategies across all sites.

By 2019, the percentage of enterprises using the cloud as a backup destination will double, up from 11% at the beginning of 2016.” —Gartner, Market Guide for Data Center Backup

The Benefits

Integrating your Hyper-V environment with the Druva platform provides fast, seamless backup to the Druva Cloud, enabling you to protect and manage your critical files and virtualized workloads. With this integrated solution, you get the following benefits:

  • Backup — Druva’s agentless application is consistent with VSS, RCT (Resilient Change Tracking) and supports forever incremental high-performance backups. It includes true source-level global deduplication across cloud and on-prem VMs for to ensure a minimal data storage footprint and high-performance VM backups that are light on bandwidth consumption.
  • Recovery: The Druva Cloud Platform includes full VM recovery and an option to do file restores (file-level recovery) with flexible restore capabilities such as restoring data to its original location or to alternate locations across ROBOs, entire VMs, or VHDX.
  • Single control plane: Druva provides unified visibility and policy management across all VM types including VMware and Nutanix.
  • Scalability: Cloud-native architecture ensures that your backups seamlessly scale as you add more VMs and your data footprint grows. You no longer have to worry about limitations of backup servers or media servers and the accompanying management overhead that’s common with traditional solutions. What’s more, the Druva cloud-native, direct-to-cloud model does not require you to purchase any additional hardware or software.
  • Integration: Druva provides support for all common Hyper-V storage deployments including local and clustered shared volumes as well as SMB.
  • Mobility and Test/Dev: Once your data is in the cloud, Druva enables workload mobility across geographies as well as replication for test and development.

Central Visibility

Druva provides a comprehensive, single point from which you can view your data backup status and manage all your data protection services across your environment and remote sites in multiple geographies.

To learn more about how Druva supports Hyper-V data protection, visit our Solutions Page.