Design data protection of the management components in your environment for continuous operation of the SDDC if the data of a management application is compromised.

Backup protects the data of your organization against data loss, hardware failure, accidental deletion, or other fault for each region.

For consistent image-level backups, use backup software that is based on thevSphere Storage APIs - Data Protection (VADP). You can use any VADP-compatible backup solution. Adapt and apply the design decisions to the backup software you use.

Table 1. Design Decisions on VADP-Compatible Backup Solution

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication


Use a backup solution that is compatible with vSphere Storage APIs - Data Protection (VADP) and can perform image level backups of the management components.

You can back up and restore most of the management components at the virtual machine image level.



Use a VADP-compatible backup solution that can perform application-level backups of the management components.

Microsoft SQL Server requires application awareness when performing backup and restore procedures.

You must install application-aware agents on the virtual machine of the management component.