You can implement a backup solution that uses the VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection, such as vSphere Data Protection, to protect the data of your SDDC management components, and of the tenant workloads that run in the SDDC.

Data protection solutions provide the following functions in the SDDC:

  • Backup and restore virtual machines.

  • Organization of virtual machines into 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. Dual-Region Data Protection Architecture

In an multi-region 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.

Multi-Region vSphere Data Protection Deployment

Because of its multi-region scope, the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center deploys a single vSphere Data Protection appliance within the management pod for each region. Backup jobs are configured to provide recovery of a number of the SDDC management components. vSphere Data Protection stores the backups of the management virtual appliances on a secondary storage according to a defined schedule.