PHD Virtual Backup 6.1

PHD Virtual has released a new version of their award-winning data protection software PHD Virtual Backup 6.1. This version adds some major new functionality and enhancements, which include:

  • Instant Recovery for Full/Incremental Backup Mode
  • Rollback Recovery
  • Reporting Enhancements
  • Job Copy

Instant Recovery for Full/Incremental Backup Mode

With PHD Virtual Backup version 6.1, PHD Virtual brings Instant recovery to Full/Incremental Backup Mode. This functionality has been introduced in version 6.0, but was only available with their Virtual Full backup mode. In version 6.1, PHD Virtual extends the power of PHD Instant Recovery to include Full/Incremental backup mode as well. Instant Recovery allows you to start a VM from its backup location and drastically reduce RTO. After the VM is started, users can either leverage VMware Storage vMotion or use PHD Motion to move the VM’s to production storage.

Rollback Recovery

I think that Rollback recovery is a major new functionality. It allows you to restore a backup of a VM very quickly. Instead of doing a full restore, rollback recovery allows you to only restore the changed blocks (using VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) information) over the existing VM, effectively rolling back your VM to a previous point in time. This will enhance your RTO because there is generally only about 1-5% of changes occurring in a VM each day.

You might think why you will need Rollback Recovery when you have Instant Recovery available and are able to start a VM from the backup location straight away without waiting for any restore of vmdk files at all. The major difference is that backup files are typically stored on cheaper disks and hence slower performing storage. This kind of storage might not meet your application’s requirements when using Instant Recovery. Using Rollback Recovery you are able to restore the VM to the application’s production storage right away with only minimal downtime (depending on the number of changes to the VM).

Reporting Enhancements

Reporting enhancement in version 6.1 include:

  • Export Job History
    This allows users to export the job history table from PHD Virtual Backup v6.1 UI to Excel in CSV format.
  • Data Protection Risk Management Report
    Gain visibility into your data protection integrity by viewing a list of all VM’s in the environment, along with information on their sizes, virtual disks and the date of the last successful backup.

Job Copy

Spend less time creating and scheduling backup jobs with Job Copy. While it might seem only a small enhancement, the ability to copy a job will greatly accelerate the backup job creation process. There’s nothing more annoying than having to create a job from scratch every time.

What’s New in Version 6.1 Video

Watch this video to see a demo of the new functionality in PHD Backup 6.1

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