VM Explorer Backup and replication software have been around since a long time. Previously developed by Trilead, then during the short period of time by HPE. Now it's Microfocus who integrates new features and enhancements into this small in size, but big in features, software.
We have reported in details about their 7.0 release recently, which brought some updates, such as Updated UI, but we're still waiting for the update on vSphere 6.7. Some backup vendors has already announced and released their updates so their products are compatible with vSphere 6.7. But that's not the case of VM Explorer just yet.
But we're monitoring closely the VM backup and recovery space and we'll update the post ASAP with the news.
Some of our readers wondered if VM Explorer allows to backup to tape. Yes, in fact, Backup to Disk, Tape, and Cloud is fully supported with the Enterprise edition of VM Explorer. Note that you'll find the versions and pricing on the vendor's detailed page here.
Note: They have also a free version for VMware and Hyper-V – our detailed post about that is here.
You can back up and replicate VMs directly to cloud targets including Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, and OpenStack without any intermediary gateway. Automated storage tiering enables seamless movement of backups between disk, tape, and cloud.
Let's just quickly recap what's had been added in the 7.0 release, which came out back in March.
What’s new in VM Explorer 7.0?
- Updated UI – The user interface has been refreshed to display Micro Focus branding. This includes updated logos, copyright, end user license agreements, color schemes, software signing certificate and documentation.
- Bug fixes – there are some bug fixes as in every release, which has been ironed out.
The product does not support the backup of physical servers. Some of the other vendors do have that feature. So if you still have some physical systems around, you'll need to install another product.
There is a 15 days trial period of the Enterprise version with 1000 sockets if you download the trial. If you do not install a license within this time, the product will fall back to the free (limited) version.
You can get a trial from at Micro Focus Website Here.
There is a lot of choice for today's admins when it comes to backup/replication product which can handle mixed environments. It only depends on the size of the environment, existing backup hardware and some time, to explore if this or that product would “fit” your environment. Sometimes it's worth it to have a look around and check the features and pricing.
Not paying a premium for something you don't use or you don't need, is also interesting. And sometimes necessary if your budget is tight. VM Explorer is tiny compared to other backup vendors. But tiny does not mean not functional. It does its job.
More posts about Micro Focus VM Explorer on ESX Virtualization:
- VM Explorer 7.0 Released
- HPE VM Explorer 6.5 Released
- Web-Based Interface Only for VM Explorer 6.2
- VM Explorer – Backup your first VM
- VM Explorer Product Settings
- VM Explorer Free version for VMware and Hyper-V
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