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Jul 10 2017

The FUJITSU Storage ETERNUS CS200c Screen Demos, Pt. 2: VM Recovery with Admin Console


Ever since its debut in 2014, our all-in-one data protection appliance has been deployed by numerous businesses of all sizes in order to implement enterprise-class backup and recovery. One key reason for this success lies in a unique combination of reliable Fujitsu hardware and industry-leading Commvault software functionalities that ensure the appliance is equally useful in physical and virtualized environments. Our summer series of screen demos offers comprehensive insights into the solution's rich and varied feature set. This week, our focus is on VM recovery.

One key reason for the growing popularity of our ETERNUS CS200c data protection appliance with integrated Commvault software is its exceptional ease of use. Its intuitive GUI, a convenient alternative to the standard Java console, enables administrators to swiftly initiate restores with just a few mouse clicks. Just like its counterpart, the VM backup module – which we covered last week – the restore function works on every VM that is governed by a modern hypervisor, hence the workflow is largely identical for every virtualization platform. The Admin Console is a web-based user interface for administration tasks that provides default configuration values and streamlined procedures for routine data protection tasks. It is available for endpoints, databases, file systems, and VM data protection.

In this context, it goes without saying that the console also helps administrators to quickly set up their data protection environment. Once that has happened, it's just as simple to identify VMs and data to protect, start individual backup and restore operations, and watch as they unfold. Administrators can choose between various restore options to achieve a speedy, flexible and granular recovery.


Fig. 1: The Admin Console simplifies picking the adequate restore option for given virtualization environments

Technically, these options vary slightly depending on the maturity of the given hypervisor or platform: Users can restore full VMs, guest files and folders, or disk files; restore single disks and attach them to existing VMs; and may even convert VM backups to other VM platforms, e.g. VMware to Hyper-V and vice versa. Similar options exist for other virtualization and cloud platforms. Our screen demo shows how administrators can start a full VM restore in a VMware environment and direct it to another ETERNUS CS200c appliance located at a secondary disaster recovery data center. In addition, they may determine the disk provisioning method, exact destination host and data store to be used on the restore target, as well as the transport mode for data transfers.


Fig. 2: Likewise, it simplifies picking the adequate storage target

As soon as the restore process starts, users will notice some action that's going on inside the Admin Console and VMware's standard Java GUI at the same time. Both interfaces show the progress of individual restores and give users full control over the process.

The complete screen demo "Recover VM data from Fujitsu ETERNUS CS200c by using Commvault's simplified admin console" is available at YouTube. For detailed instructions, please consult the documentation.

Helga Eppig


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Helga Eppig

International Product Marketing Storage, Fujitsu


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