In the consolidated SDDC, you can use a backup solution that is based on the VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (VADP), such as vSphere Data Protection, to protect the data of your SDDC management components, and of the tenant workloads that run on the consolidated pod.

Data protection solutions provide the following functions in the SDDC:

  • Backup and restore virtual machines.

  • Organize virtual machines to groups by VMware product.

  • Store data according to company retention policies.

  • Inform administrators about backup and restore activities through reports.

  • Schedule regular backups during non-peak periods.


vSphere Data Protection instance provide data protection for the products that implement the management capabilities of the SDDC.

Figure 1. vSphere Data Protection Architecture

In a consolidated SDDC, you take a backup of a management appliance or a tenant workload by using vSphere Data Protection, and save that backup on a shared storage such as an NFS mount.

Consolidated vSphere Data Protection Deployment

Because of its scope, the VMware Validated Design for Workload and Management Consolidation deploys a single vSphere Data Protection appliance within the consolidated pod. The design contains recovery guidance about a number of SDDC management components.

vSphere Data Protection stores the backups of the management virtual appliances on a secondary storage according to a defined schedule.