The new VMware vSphere Data Protection solution, or VDP, is a VMware vSphere backup and recovery application. VDP is new vSphere 5.1 and is completely free with all editions of vSphere 5.1, starting with vSphere Essentials Plus. VDP replaces VMware’s previous backup and recovery solution – VMware Data Recovery (or VDR). Thankfully, VDP has so much more to offer us than VDR ever did.
Why Do You Need A Virtualization Backup Solution?
Before we discuss VDP in detail, let’s take a step back and ask: Why do you need a virtualization backup solution in the first place?