Everybody is talking about vSphere 5.5 and some people have already upgraded their environments.
However, please do not forget to take care about software compatibility despite all your joy. Before performing an upgrade, doublecheck the documentation (Best practices for vSphere 5.5 upgrade) and take care of the HCLs (Hardware Compatibility List).
And last but not least do not forget to check if your backup software is ready for vSphere 5.5!
I checked the support matrix of different backup solutions – here is the matrix:
|vSphere 4.x||vSphere 5.0||vSphere 5.1||vSphere 5.5|
|VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.1.21
|VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.1.20
|VMware vSphere Data Protection
|Veeam Backup & Replication v7
|PHD Virtual Backup 6.5.x
|Acronis vmProtect 9
|Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments 6.4
|Nakivo Backup & Replication v3
|Symantec Netbackup 7.6
|Symantec Backup Exec 2012 SP3
|HP Data Protector 8.0
Support Matrix (HP Passport Sign-in needed
|CommVault Simpana 10
|UniTrends Enterprise Backup||maybe December 2013|
|EMC Avamar 7.0||End 2013 with SP1|
last update: 21 November, 2013
*)1 *Note that vSphere 5.5 support requires manually installing the VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 5.5.
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Symantec Netbackup (current version: 7.6) is supposed to support vSphere 5.5 within the next 6 months. Source: http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/vsphere-55-support
HP Data Protector 8.0 supports vSphere 4.x, 5.0 and 5.1, but not yet 5.5.
Support matrix: http://support.openview.hp.com/selfsolve/document/KM00453722/binary/DP8.00_SupportMatrix_Virtualization.pdf
CommVault Simpana 10
Supports vSphere 4.x, vSphere 5.0, vSphere 5.1, vSphere 5.5*
[System Requirements] (http://documentation.commvault.com/commvault/release_10_0_0/books_online_1/english_us/prod_info/vs_vmware.htm)
*Note that vSphere 5.5 support requires manually installing the VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) 5.5.
Thank you Andreas and Dee – update done!
Just a note that CommVault Simpana 10 does support vSphere 5.5 as long as the customer manually installs the VDDK 5.5. A more automated solution is forthcoming (likely through a patch of some sort).
Also here is an updated CommVault Simpana 10 System Requirements link:
Thanks Andreas, this is a great resource.
Hi, seems to me You forget “EMC Avamar”;
In the release note of Avamar 7 (11 Oct 2013) I found:
Avamar support for VMware includes the following new features and enhancements in
Note: Because of a problem with VMware libraries, Avamar release 7.0 is not
compatible with ESXi 5.5.”
I just discovered that Symantec Backup Exec supports vSphere 5.5 in the latest Service Pack. Download link: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH205351
Also, could you include Unitrends?
Please update the table. As stated above, Commvault version 10 SP4 supports vSphere 5.5 including vCloud director.
This is a very good list. Well done. I would suggest adding UniTrends Enterprise Backup, a very good product for VMware backup and replication. Support for 5.5 comes in December: http://support.unitrends.com/ikm/questions.php?questionid=1425
Thank you Matt and Martijn – I will add/update the list till tomorrow.
Thank you for the list, it’s very usefull.
I would like to add CA Arcserv, who announced it’s supported since mid December:
Update to “Symantec Netbackup 7.6”: According to http://www.symantec.com/docs/DOC6840 it supports vSphere 5.5 with MP2 installed (i.e. version 18.104.22.168).