VMware’s latest release, vSphere 4, comes with a new feature, vStorage APIs for Data Protection. vStorage APIs for Data Protection was added to vSphere 4 to make all VMware backups more efficient by offering direct API-based integration for backups. However, many people currently use VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB) for their virtual server environments. So how is vStorage API for Data Protection different from VCB? Is it better? Will it eventually outrun VCB? And what are the pros and cons of vStorage APIs?
I sat down with Eric Siebert, an IT industry expert on virtualization and author of VMware-land.com, to speak about this issue. His answers are available in the MP3 below.