On May 7th 2012, DataCore Software released a plug-in for SANSymphony-V and VMware vSphere 4.1 and 5.0 and greater. The plug-in adds a SANSymphony-V tab to your VMware vSphere Client. This allows for integration between SANSymphony-V and VMware. From the tab within the vSphere Client you can perform the following operations:
One of the more interesting functions is the snapshot restore. I asked DataCore about the scenario where you have multiple virtual machines per LUN or virtual disk. You cannot just revert the snapshot or you would restore every VM on that LUN. The interface allows a user to granularly restore a VM on a LUN shared with multiple VMs. The DataCore plug-in accomplishes the restore by performing the following operations:
All of these functions are of course available without the plug-in. However, the plug-in and it’s interface simplifies the snapshot and restore operations. This will be extremely useful in the SMB and mid-market where the IT professionals supporting this technology are generalists and support multiple technologies for their organization. This should lower the barrier to using snapshots for the primary recovery mechanism.