I just came back from a two hour session with Vizioncore about their future products and the direction they are taking. Interessting stuff. What I wanted to bring back to you guys is three features we will see in the upcoming vRanger version 5 release.
- CBT (Change Block Tracking)
- ABM (Active Block Mapping)
These features will all help in their own way to dramatically reduce the backup window.
Dedup will make sure that only unique blocks will be transfered to our backup location.
CBT (A vSphere ESX(i) kernel feature) will make incremental backups highly effiecient.
ABM will make sure that we only backup the active data in the VMDK and not data that has been deleted from within the guest operating system.
I will try to get signed up on the version 5 beta program. I will keep you updated on this.